Stories for January 2006

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Tuesday, January 31

Nursing program founder turns over reins

After seven years, Marilyn Bouldin is ready to let a program she helped found become someone else's baby.

Swimmers rewarded for hard work

Girls take a break from practice to play

There were two signs of the season nearing the end at the Moffat County girls swim team's practice Tuesday -- hard work and play time.

Aaron David Winslow (1980-2006)

Aaron David Winslow, known to family as "Aaron-Aaron," passed away Jan. 20, 2006, in Golden while on a sports-filled weekend in Denver.

Road dispute settled

After a five-year dispute, the "road to nowhere" in Browns Park is officially a Moffat County road, County Attorney Kathleen Taylor announced Tuesday.

Meth charges dropped

Methamphetamine possession and distribution charges against one of the women arrested in December's historic drug sweep have been dropped.

Our View: Give kids a smile

In August and September, 215 of the 1,400 kindergarten through eighth-grade students in Moffat County showed visible signs of decay during routine dental screenings.

Police Blotter for Feb. 1

Craig Fire/Rescue Monday, Jan. 30 No calls.

Datebook for Feb. 1

Noon. The Red Hat Society Luncheon is at the Craig Fire Station. All chapters are invited, and participants are encouraged to bring their favorite covered dishes and a drink. The event will include a Valentine's Day card exchange. Call Toni at 824-2259 or Jaci at 272-3253.

Monday, January 30

Briefs for Jan. 31

Craig Fire/Rescue crews responded to a small electrical fire at the Craig Daily Press office Sunday afternoon.

Meth suspect pleads not guilty

A Craig man with possession with intent to sell more than 1 ounce of methamphetamine pleaded not guilty to the charges against him Monday.

Plant workers vote to extend contract to 2011

A guaranteed 3.1 percent pay raise is fine with Tri-State Generation and Transmission's union employees.

Knights celebrate 50 years

Catholic men's fraternity reaches milestone

In 1956, Ralph P. Razzano was one of the founding members of Knights of Columbus Council 4131 in Craig.

After-school program director resigns

Diane Borgard resigned her position Monday as the director of the Recreational After-School Doorway, citing the program's uncertain future and other career opportunities as the reasons.

Datebook for Jan. 31

Today Noon to 1 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is open to the public for pickup basketball games every Tuesday and Thursday starting next week. Pickup basketball, for adults only, includes full-court basketball. Call Jonathan at 826-0411. 7 p.m. There is a meeting to organize the 30-year reunion of the Moffat County High School Class of 1976. The meeting is at 610 Taylor St. Call Beth at 824-3986. Wednesday, Feb. 1 Noon. The Red Hat Society Luncheon is at the Craig Fire Station. All chapters are invited, and participants are encouraged to bring their favorite covered dishes and a drink. The event will include a Valentine's Day card exchange. Call Toni at 824-2259 or Jaci at 272-3253. 6 p.m. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a Hunter Safety Class in the St. Michael Church hall, 678 School St. Call 824-3628 to register. 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Northwest Colo-rado Stewardship meets at the Mof-fat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The group will discuss the community alternative for the BLM Resource Management Plan revision. 7 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at the First Congregational Church. Call 824-6915. Thursday, Feb. 2 10 and 11:30 a.m. Moffat County Library, 570 Green St., offers story times. The theme is Groundhog Day. Noon to 1 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is open to the public for pickup basketball games every Tuesday and Thursday starting next week. Pickup basketball, for adults only, includes full-court basketball. Call Jonathan at 826-0411. Saturday, 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. Sunday, Feb. 5 1 to 5 p.m. The Craig Bridal Faire '06 convenes at the Craig Holiday Inn. The event includes 22 businesses offering services and products for weddings. Admission is free. The event is open to the public. Call event co-sponsor Magic Carpet Travel at 824-1951. Tuesday, Feb. 7 7 p.m. The Parents of Methamph-etamine Addicts support group meets the first and third Tuesday every month in the library of Calvary Baptist Church. The group is confidential. No law enforcement or Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse board members will be present. Call 629-1469. Wednesday, Feb. 8 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. Thursday, Feb. 9 4 to 5 p.m. The Moffat County Library, 570 Green St., offers a session on creating Valentine's cards. The event includes creating Valentines, snacks and Valentine's stories for participants ages 4 to 10. Saturday, Feb. 11 5 p.m. The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will have its eighth annual banquet in Craig. Monday, Feb. 13 6 to 9 p.m. Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse has a bowling tournament fundraiser at Thunder Rolls, 990 Industrial Ave.

Police blotter for Jan. 31

David Troy Selman, 44, of Baggs, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

DA's Office offers pleas to 3 meth suspects

The District Attorney's Office on Monday offered plea deals to three of the 15 people arrested in a historic drug sweep in December during a hearing in Moffat County Court.

Speak Up for Jan. 31

I think the Craig Daily Press should limit the comments to issues only. If people want to address specific individuals, then let them have the guts to put their names on the paper and send it to the letters to the editor.

Sunday, January 29

Wrestlers improve vs. Meeker

On Friday, the Moffat County wrestling team improved on its first win against Meeker at the beginning of January. At the Dog Fight Duals in Craig the Bulldogs defeated Meeker, 46-31. On Friday, Moffat defeated Meeker, 51-23.

Another Bulldog blowout

Moffat County beats Delta, 82-26

When Craig Mortensen started his coaching career, he took over a program that hadn't won a game in four years. Needless to say, his teams took some bumps early on.

Dedication keeps doors open

Crew of volunteers makes sure food bank shelves are stocked

One woman reviews the form in front of her and calls out "package one." Partially hidden by a partition, two others quickly begin work. One pulls out a box, and the other starts gathering food from the shelves. Together, they fill the box with eggs, butter, rice and other staples -- enough to feed one person for about a week.

Briefs for Jan. 30

Tickets for the 60th anniversary of the Craig Kiwanis Play go on sale Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 419 E. Victory Way.

Datebook for Jan. 30

1 p.m. The Visiting Nurse Association offers a Breastfeeding Support Group in Moffat County. Women interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to attend, including expecting mothers. The support group is at the VNA's Gold Conference Room. Call Erica Baker at 871-7656.

Bridal Faire to bring 22 vendors to Holiday Inn

Organizers of this week's 2006 Bridal Faire say the event will provide one-stop shopping for anyone planning a wedding in Moffat County.

Farmers discuss resource leases

Keeping water in the hands of family farmers will continue to be an important issue in rural communities, the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union said Saturday in Craig.

Learning the ropes

Conference draws ranchers to Craig

Brock Canty earns most of his family's living through his cow calf operation near Alamosa. He grew up in a ranching family and understands the challenges that face today's producers.

Boys team overcomes Panther comeback

Same score, different feel. For the second consecutive night, the Moffat County boys basketball team won a game by the score of 52-50. Other than the score, there weren't many similarities in the games.

Friday, January 27

CMS staff profile: Steve Ghirardelli

What is your job title: Seventh-grade language arts teacher Number of years in profession: 29 years

Education calendar for Jan. 28

Feb. 3 to 5 Moffat County High School All-State Jazz Festival

Education briefs for Jan. 28

Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are urging students to begin the financial aid process now.

District ready to begin budgeting

On June 22, the Moffat County School District Board of Education will vote on adopt the 2006-07 budget. There likely will be little discussion surrounding the vote.

Three Moffat County elk poached

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is investigating two elk-poaching cases in western Moffat County.

Bond unchanged in attempted-murder case

A Craig man accused Tuesday of choking his girlfriend remains in Moffat County Jail.

Bulldogs win after late comeback

Derek Duran is the third leading scorer in Colorado's Class 4A, and he's probably the state's leader in layups.

Girls pull away after slow start

For one quarter, everyone saw a glance of what it was like when no one on the Moffat County girls basketball team is playing well.

School looks to state for salvation

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will decide in April whether to revoke Dinosaur Community Charter School's contract or to turn management of the school over to the state.

Government Update for Jan. 28

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

John "Dewey" Baker, 1943-2006

John "Dewey" Baker died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Datebook for Jan. 28

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Colorado Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference continues at the Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The conference is open to anyone ages 18 to 35 interested in farming and ranching. Call 824-3338.

Saving their school

Browns Park alumni work to restore schoolhouse

When Ellen Dana was a child, all of the major events in Browns Park happened at the Browns Park School. The one-room schoolhouse was the polling place for area voters and served as a community center for ranchers from throughout the far northwest corner of Colorado.

Police blotter for Jan. 28

Danyella Marie Fognani, 29, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under a restricted license, driving without insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving an unsafe vehicle.

Our View: When push comes to shove

We have to hand it to Moffat County Jail officials. They certainly have chutzpah.

Carl K. Chapman: Don't blame the oil industry for problems

I can't believe a college graduate of the University of Wyoming is able to make the diagnosis that the decrease in the number of sage grouse at the mating sites in the Green River Valley is the result of the energy development in the gas fields. When he made this assessment, conservationists (tree huggers) jumped on the bandwagon, knowing that's exactly what happened. No place in your article does it mention predation. Why?

Briefs for Jan. 28

Tickets for the 60th anniversary of the Craig Kiwanis Play go on sale Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 419 E. Victory Way.

Passenger taken to hospital after crash

A car accident on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 98 sent one person to the hospital Thursday night.

Thursday, January 26

Moffat County Neighbor: Frank Baron

Frank Baron Age: 59 Occupation: Service Tech for Masterworks

Are men necessary?

New book sparks debate

"Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide," the recent controversial release of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has spurred discussion among men, women and other columnists across the nation.

Sarina Marie Maneotis

Colorado State University has named Sarina Marie Maneotis to the College of Natural Sciences Dean's Honor Roll. Students with a 3.75 grade point average or higher are eligible for the honor roll. Students must take 12 or more credits to be eligible, and none of those credits can be for a pass/fail grade.

Police blotter for Jan. 27

Jamie Lynn Pogline, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Chief deputy to leave

District Attorney's Office endures changes, turnover

Amy Fitch will leave her job as chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District on Feb. 3., adding to a list of staff changes and departures the office has experienced since November.

Memorial policy set

Moffat County officials this week instituted a new policy for roadside memorials.

Graduation requirements under scrutiny

Moffat County High School officials likely will revamp graduation requirements to reflect increasingly stringent college admission standards.

Les and Dan Hutton: Companies welcome to 'come back and see us'

Hutton Radio Communications would like to thank U.S. Pipeline, PE Ben and Sheehan Pipeline for the economic surge that they gave us and many more businesses in Craig.

Board limits soda in schools

Moffat County High School students can still buy a soda pop at school, but they'll soon have a better chance of finding something healthy to drink.

Wrestlers wear out Palisade

The progress that Moffat County coach Roman Gutierrez has been waiting for from his team showed up Thursday.

Youths fast, work to help people in starving nations

Local teenagers are ready to give up food for the good of others. Every year, about 50 youths participate in a 30-hour famine to raise money to fight starvation in other countries.

Keith Antonson: 2005 was a year full of successes

I am proud to issue this annual report of the Moffat County Housing Authority for the year that ended Dec. 31.

Christina M. Currie: Raising parents

I try to avoid watching the Public Broadcasting Station during its funding drive. It's not that I don't support the station, it's that the redundancy of the message wears thin.

Briefs for Jan. 27

Next month, 22 vendors will gather in one place for the 2006 Bridal Faire in Craig.

Datebook for Jan. 27

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A play group for children ages 5 and younger meets every Friday at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Wednesday, January 25

Moving past meth

Recovering addict hopes to help others

Since she was 14 years old, Jessey Stie�--gelmeyer has been hooked on methamphetamine. Stiegelmeyer, 23, said she has done a lot of things she isn't proud of to feed her addiction, including stealing from her parents, selling the drug and getting one of her best friends hooked.

Chemical costs, plant could push water rates

A 50 percent increase in the cost of chemicals the city uses to treat water could mean higher rates for residents.

Tri-State union set to vote about contract

Union employees of Tri-State Generation and Transmission will vote this week whether to extend their contract with the company through 2011.

Briefs for Jan. 26

The Craig man who police say choked his girlfriend to unconsciousness and assaulted her is scheduled for a court appearance Friday.

JaLee Dawn Risner

Christy Dawn Risner and Travis Ray Risner, of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, JaLee Dawn Risner, at 2:23 p.m. Jan. 21, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Florence Martin

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., has recognized Florence Martin, of Craig, for her academic performance last semester. Curtis made the "Dean's Honor Roll."

Navy Seaman Recruit Christopher A. Willingham

Navy Seaman Recruit Christopher A. Willingham, son of Ann M. Willingham and stepson of Clark A. Willingham, of Hayden, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Willingham completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety.

Omar Leslie Wright, 1919-2006

On April 10, 1919, while the country was staggering from the effects of World War I, Omar Leslie Wright was born to Steward Grant and Hazel Alza Howell Wright. He was the second of five children; one older sister, Wilma Bakewell of North Platte, Neb., and three younger brothers, Leo (deceased), Earl, of Lake Wales, Fla., and Gerald, of Oceanside, Calif. Omar was born and raised on a farm near Almena, Kan., the same farm where his father was born and raised.

Bowling through league

'We don't have the competition that we need in games'

The Moffat County girls basketball team was hard at work Wednesday throwing strikes, spares and gutter balls at a local bowling alley.

Full roster boosts boys' hopes

For the third time in 16 games, the Moffat County boys basketball team will have its full roster available Friday.

Leland Harms

A memorial service for longtime Steamboat Springs resident Leland Harms is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church. Harms died Jan. 24 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Burial will be at Steamboat Cemetery. A light buffet at the Steamboat Springs Community Center will be after the burial.

McKayla Kaylynn Kiniston

Crystal L. Kiniston and C. Chad Kiniston, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, McKayla Kaylynn Kiniston, at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 17, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Baby tests positive for methamphetamine

Craig police had their first opportunity to apply changes to Colorado's child abuse law last week when they took custody of a newborn who tested positive for methamphetamine.

Datebook for Jan. 26

7 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at the First Congregational Church. Call 824-6915.

Myla Grace Harrell

Maggie Harrell and Paul Harrell, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Myla Grace Harrell, at 2:17 p.m. Dec. 21, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Tuesday, January 24

Our View: Rush not worth risk

When she retired in June after 20 years as a school bus driver in Moffat County, Shawn Linsacum said bus drivers endure many annoyances, including sick children and fighting. But what irritated her most, she said, was adults -- drivers who aren't careful around a bus.

Man faces attempted murder charges

Police say man choked girlfriend

A Craig man is in Moffat County Jail on an attempted murder charge after police say he choked his girlfriend until she passed out early Tuesday morning.

Police blotter for Jan. 25

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Jan. 23 Craig Steven Hayden, 44, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

News briefs for Jan. 25

Accident leads to gridlock in downtown Craig on Monday A traffic accident shut down one of the busiest intersections in Craig for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon.

Grant-dollar competition hits high

As competition heats up for state grants, Moffat County's community leaders are assessing the best way to position their requests.

Clubhouse talks move forward

Moffat County commissioners and American Legion Post 62 will move ahead this week with negotiations to give Shadow Mountain Clubhouse to the Legion, commissioners said Tuesday.

Wrestlers second in Rifle tournament

The Moffat County wrestling team finished second in the Rumble in the Rockies dual-format tournament Saturday in Rifle.

Biashia Michelle Mead

Amanda Faye McKendrick and Jeremiah Mead, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Biashia Michelle Mead, at 5:23 a.m. Jan. 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

R.B. Parrish: Does the local union work for employees?

To the editor: Tri-State employees, does the union work for you? Or do we work for the union?

Datebook for Jan. 25

Today 7 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at the First Congregational Church. Call 824-6915.

City Council increases drug task force support

Craig City Council members agree that a regional drug enforcement task force is valuable; just how valuable is the question.

Monday, January 23

Bills have residents hot under the collar

Last winter, Leonard Sand�--erson kept the temperature in his home at 68 degrees. This winter, the Colowyo Coal Co. employee locked the thermostat at 65 degrees but still has seen his natural gas bills jump to $175 from $75 a month -- a 133 percent increase.

Police Blotter for Jan. 24

Moffat County Jail Report No bookings reported.

Power outage: Mishap puts unit out of commission

One of three power-generating units at the Craig Station Power Plant remains down after a portion of a cooling tower collapsed Friday.

Singers, actors make sweet music together

The Yampa Valley chapter of Sweet Adelines tries to do something different with its spring show every year.

Speak Up for Jan. 24

Editor's note: Diamonds & Spurs, a Craig Rotary Club fundraiser, is at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Study: Energy use bad for bird

Groups on both sides of the debate about oil and gas development in the West are paying close attention to a sage grouse study released last week by a University of Wyoming graduate student.

Datebook for Jan. 24

Today 7 p.m. The Moffat County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity meets at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. The meeting is open to the public. Call Marilyn Bouldin at 824-5459.

Briefs for Jan. 24

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition received a $30,000 grant from HealthONE Alliance.

Sunday, January 22

Datebook for Jan. 23

2 p.m. The AARP Craig Chapter No. 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. JoAnn Baxter, a member of the Moffat County School District Board of Education, will present the program. Call 824-5123.

A bit of England

Woman brings her homeland to a place that reminded her of it

The anomalies of running a small business are new to Susan Stone. Before her interview with the Craig Daily Press last week, she and daughter, Natalie Legaspi, were patiently working out the kinks of a new credit card machine.

Boys survive Rifle's comeback

The Moffat County boys basketball team found a solution for the problem it has had with scoring droughts -- take an insurmountable lead so that when the drought comes, it will be all right.

Bulldogs a step above league

Girls take 20-point victories against Glenwood Springs, Rifle

The disparity between the Moffat County girls basketball team and the rest of the Western Slope League is at least 20 points.

Broncos come up short

Local fans disappointed as Steelers advance to Super Bowl

There was no shortage of team spirit at the O.P Bar & Grill on Sunday afternoon as the Denver Broncos faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

Two suitors for Shadow Mountain

The city of Craig and American Legion Post 62 both are interested in managing Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Federation preparing for feast

Kristie Bruce's house is filled with boxes of items and paintings for auction at next month's National Wild Turkey Federation banquet in Craig.

Commercial center delayed but still a go

Developer must get approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation for access road

A 10-unit commercial center planned on a site across from Family Dollar on Pershing Street is in the works despite some delays.

Briefs for Jan. 23

The United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development now offers a 504 Home Repair Loan program for residents of Moffat County and surrounding areas.

Aaron Winslow

Aaron Winslow, son of Greg and Phyllis Winslow of Casper, Wyo., died Friday in Golden.

Friday, January 20

Travel delay does not slow Gunnison

A bus accident that delayed the Gunnison swim team two hours didn't slow the Cowgirls in the pool Friday.

Parole woes

Violators could be set free

A decision by Moffat County Jail officials to turn away parole violators means more criminals could end up on the streets and not in jail, a Colorado Department of Corrections official said Friday.

Education calendar for Jan. 21

Monday, Jan. 23 6 p.m. Parent Empowerment Class in Room 212 of Moffat County High School.

CMS staff profile: Courtney Jenison

Job title: Eighth-grade social studies and language teacher Number of years in profession: This is my second year.

For the love of literacy

Fair at high school promotes reading

From the number of cars in the Moffat County High School parking lot and the din in the hallways, it seemed as if school still was in session Thursday night.

Dave W. Craig, 1912-2006

Dave W. Craig died Jan. 13, 2006, in Grand Junction of complications from pneumonia. He was 93.

Blashia Michelle Mead

Amanda Faye McKendrick and Jeremiah Mead, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Blashia Michelle Mead, at 5:23 a.m., Jan. 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Police blotter for Jan. 21

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Jan. 19 No bookings reported.

Fire destroys tractor

No one injured in small blaze

Craig Fire/Rescue crews responded to a small tractor fire on Moffat County Road 31 on Friday morning.

Collapse sends man to hospital

A portion of a cooling tower at the Craig Station Power Plant collapsed Friday, sending one subcontractor to the hospital and cutting the plant's power-generating capacities by 30 percent.

Our View: Don't judge a book

Discussions about the administrative costs associated with running a nonprofit organization often lead to controversy. For nonprofits, it's a no-win situation.

Group wants to grow, collaborate

Development partnership sets goals, including increasing membership

After six months without a director, Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part-nership has 31 fewer members at the end of 2005 than the year before.

Datebook for Jan. 21

1 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at the First Congregational Church. Call 824-6915.

Thursday, January 19

Cheap eats

Class teaches shoppers to bargain hunt, eat for $5 a day

People don't always eat what they should, but Elisa Shackelton wants to change that.

Extension close to hiring 4-H agent

After five months without a 4-H agent, Moffat County could hire one within a few weeks.

Time to shine

Rotarians hope last-minute buyers will spur ticket sales

In the eight days remaining until their biggest fundraising event of the year, Craig Rotary Club members are making the final push on what members say have been sluggish ticket sales.

Datebook for Jan. 20

Today 6 to 9 p.m. Orientation for Horizons Volunteer Ski and Snowboard Program is in the Roundup Room, Gondola Square, in Steamboat Springs. The program serves Moffat and Routt county clients of Horizons. Call Bette Carlson at 879-4466, ext. 116.

News briefs for Jan. 20

Crews respond to two car accidents A 16-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after a car accident in the 1700 block of West Victory Way on Wednesday afternoon.

Police blotter for Jan. 20

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Jan. 18 No bookings reported.

Residents feeling blue -- and orange

Broncos-mania sweeps Craig

With the Denver Broncos just one win from the Super Bowl, fans across the state are gearing up for what they hope will be another trip to the big game.

Brian Poole: 'You will be in my thoughts'

To the editor: I want to thank everyone who came to my farewell party. It was great to see so many of my family and friends who will be here at home supporting me as I start my military career.

Hospital selects leader

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees tapped Wyoming resident George Rohrich to fill the organization's top spot.

Dianne Borgard: Thanks to community for supporting RAD

To the editor: The RAD after-school program would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our Mystery Dinner Theater:

Christina M. Currie: The opposite drill

Katie won't tell me what she's learning in kindergarten, so I have to discern it from her actions.

Wrestlers win in a tie

The Moffat County wrestling team weathered injuries and absences to tie Delta Thursday night in a dual on the road, 42-42.

Bad Dawgs split from youth wrestling

It took two hours, thousands of words and some tears, but in the end, two youth wrestling organizations in Craig finished the way they started five years ago -- separate.

Wednesday, January 18

Jim Barainca

Jim Barainca graduated from the University of Northern Colorado-Monfort College of Business on Dec. 10, 2005.

The officers of CNCC Student Senate: Flu shot clinic a success

To the editor: Colorado Northwestern Community College would like to thank the following people and organizations for their help in making our influenza vaccination clinic a success:

Kris Thomas and family: Thanks for kindness

To the editor: The John Thomas family would like to thank all those who called, dropped by with kind words, sent flowers, cards, food and memorials.

A new rush

Regional snowmobile racing growing in popularity

Phil Vallem's winter weekends are busy.

On the road again

Home is where the job is for pipeliners' wives

If local businesses have seen a surge in business in the past five months, it isn't because of the influx of pipeliners. It's because of their wives.

Sheriff cuts calls

Deputies no longer will respond to some crimes

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is cutting back on the number of calls deputies respond to in an effort to save money on fuel and vehicle maintenance.

County, wildlife chief discuss elk numbers

Elk herd size is the biggest wildlife concern Moffat County residents have, officials said Wednesday.

News briefs for Jan. 19

CNCC nursing student's daughter headed to Olympics The daughter of a Colorado Northwestern Community College student is headed to Turin, Italy, for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Datebook for Jan. 19

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Libraries Craig branch, 570 Green St., will host story-times. The theme is winter.

Police blotter for Jan. 19

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Jan. 17 Shannon Adair, 24, of Dinosaur, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Justin Coupe

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., has recognized Justin Coupe, of Craig, for his academic performance last semester.

Tuesday, January 17

News briefs for Jan. 18

Local couple helps Humane Society Larry and Sharon Pletcher have chosen the Humane Society of Moffat County to be the recipient of donations from their online fundraiser called Giving Profits.

Firms look to oil shale

Companies see solution to energy crisis in Northwest Colorado

As home to one of the largest oil shale deposits in the world, Northwest Colorado stands to reap the greatest benefit from technological advances that could make mining the rock profitable.

Counterfeiting case hearing waived by teen

A Craig teenager who police say was involved in a rash of counterfeit $100 bills last year has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Filling CNCC position may take awhile

Although only three candidates remain, it could take as long as six months before one of them takes the helm at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

County program aimed at killing weeds

John and Debbie Wellman and their children are no strangers to the hemlock weed or how quickly the poisonous plant can spread.

Our View: Thanks to recruits, firefighters

Nine Moffat County residents deserve big thanks and congratulations.

Richard. T Whitmore: Will he or won't he run?

To the editor: Re: The Ponikvar article (Business of politics: Auto-parts store owner can't resist getting involved, Jan. 9). I have studied this article for several days, and I have to give my opinion of it.

Business raised family

To the editor: We were quite shocked and disheartened when we opened the Saturday Morning Press and read the headline, "Drug suspect's business burns."

Building confidence

Jeffco meet performances increase swim team morale

The Moffat County girls swim team likes the annual trip to Arvada for the Jeffco swim meet.

Omar Leslie Wright

Omar Leslie Wright died Jan. 10, 2006. He was 86.

Dorothy Coon

Dorothy Coon died Jan. 14, 2006, at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Centre in Grand Junction. Her family was by her side. She was 85.

Datebook for Jan. 18

Today 11 a.m. 1 p.m. The Visiting Nurse Association will host a flu shot clinic, which is open to the public. Call 824-8233 to make an appointment at another time.

Police blotter for Jan. 18

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Jan. 16 Aaron Alexander Atwood, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Monday, January 16

Bryce Jacobson: So far, so good

In the future, this column will be filled with constructive criticism of some board, agency or council.

Street Fight

City attacked for Wal-Mart plan

When Hal Tuttle bought his house on Riverview Avenue 26 years ago, he knew there was a chance that someday, a street could run between his and his neighbor's home.

Craig business owners ponder proposal

Four members of the Down�--town Business Association, in search of inspiration and direction, met last week with experts about main street revitalization.

Salazar requests mine safety hearings

Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., was one of 11 lawmakers last week to call for Senate hearings on coal mine safety.

Datebook for Jan. 17

Today The Moffat County Libraries Craig Branch is closed for a staff meeting. The library will be open Wednesday.

Police blotter for Jan. 17

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Jan. 13 Clifford Glen Nelson, 43, of Steamboat Springs, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Taylor Jon Gili

Melinda Gili and Stephen Gili, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Taylor Jon Gili, at 4:15 a.m., Jan. 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

John Emmanuel Thomas

John E. Thomas, a former Craig resident, died Jan. 2, 2006, in Overton, Nev.

Speak up for Jan. 17

Pull over or take bus This is to all the white-knuckled drivers who make the daily commute between Craig and Steamboat.

Headed to the big show

Locals prepare for the National Western Stock Show in Denver

Emily Hepworth said she isn't nervous about the National Western Stock Show. But that probably will change Wednesday, when she shows her two sheep.

Britta Claire Henderson

Michelle Henderson and Chad Henderson, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Britta Claire Henderson, at 6:39 p.m., Jan. 13, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

News briefs for Jan. 17

Orientation set for Horizons volunteers Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteers from Craig to teach its clients how to ski, snowboard and snowshoe.

Sunday, January 15

Datebook for Jan. 16

Today 7 p.m. The Craig Group 1 of Alcoholics Anonymous will have a men's meeting at 50 S. Ranney St.

Party Patch up and running in Craig

If parties are fun, then setting them up should be enjoyable, too.

Nonprofits struggle with public perception

With reports that the former deputy national executive dir�ector of Girl Scouts takes home $648,790 a year and that the director of the American Cancer Society's clears nearly $500,000, public distrust of non-profit organizations is growing.

Man on a (com)mission

Northwest Colorado rancher vies for seat on Wildlife Commission

The Colorado Wildlife Commission regularly finds itself in the crosshairs of the state's hunting debate.

Marie J. Peer: Salvation Army says thanks for ringing bells

To the editor: The Craig Extension Unit of the Salvation Army thanks the following organizations for ringing bells during the 2005 Seasonal Kettle Campaign:

News briefs for Jan. 16

Youth soccer league registration starting The spring soccer season is fast approaching. The Craig Youth Soccer Association has made some changes for the spring. Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Jan. 25 at Craig Middle School.

Bulldogs finish second in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Daniel Cramblett and Levi Weber were joking, but when they pointed out that every time they win, Korey Kostur loses, they summed up the Moffat County wrestling team's successes and struggles this year.

Breaking the case

Audience solves 'murder' at fundraiser

Amy Fitch enjoyed last year's Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser for Recreational After-school Doorway so much that she decided to join the board.

Friday, January 13

Drug suspect's business burns

Fire chief: $30,000 in damage; blaze caused by faulty stove pipe

A business owned by a man suspected of dealing drugs sustained an estimated $30,000 in damage after it caught fire Friday morning.

Our View: Newspapers should avoid conflict

On Thursday, Christina Currie, assistant editor of the Craig Daily Press, officially stepped down as president of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Police Blotter for Jan. 14

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, Jan. 12 David Troy Selman, 44, of Baggs, Wyo., was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and possessing marijuana.

County to receive funds for voting machines

Six months ago, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan was unsure about the future of the county's voting machines.

David Pressgrove: Suffocated by success

LAS VEGAS -- This week is good for Moffat County wrestlers and the sportswriter who covers them.

Friendly wager helps wrestlers

After a team bet, Bulldogs wrestle better

LAS VEGAS -- The Moffat County wrestlers made their own variation of the saying, "when in Rome do as the Romans do" Friday -- only they substituted Rome with Vegas.

End of an era

Korey Kostur's senior year is the last of 10 for the family

LAS VEGAS -- Bev and Skip Kostur could be considered historians of the Moffat County wrestling team the past 10 years.

People in Education

Renae Dove What is your job title?: Special education teacher Number of years in profession: 8

Datebook for Jan. 14

Today 10 a.m. The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will have an Avalanche Safety Day. The event, at the Freeman Trailhead, includes a demonstration by the club's avalanche team and Colorado State Parks. The event is open to the public. Call Ralph Stewart at 824-4198.

Drug agent: Investigation snowballed

What began last spring as an investigation into three suspected methamphetamine distributors turned into one of the biggest drug busts in Moffat County history.

Real Estate transactions for November

Real Estate Transactions for November 2005 Seller: Moffat County, a body politic Buyer: Dr. Dushan and Becky Voyich Property: Craig Original Lots 1-5 N1/2 Adjacent, Craig; 200 W. Victory Way Price: $226,600

Sizing up classes

Lines blurred when it comes to determining student-teacher ratios

There are 21 or 22 students in Jeremy Looper's kindergarten class. His mother, Cindy, pays attention.

Thursday, January 12

Church to celebrate MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time when churches can honor the civil rights leader and celebrate his accomplishments, Pastor Bob Woods said.

Insurance company not harassing man

A local car dealer was mistaken when he said late last month that the county's insurance company was harassing him.

Robbie and Angela Roberts, Shirley Moschetti: Wrestling program a positive experience

We are writing this letter in hopes that the community gets a positive understanding of what the Bad Dawgs wrestling program has been about for our boys and us.

Teens think ink

Tattoos trendy among high school students

Once sported only by bikers, bad boys and sailors, tattoos have become as fashionable to teenagers as the low-riding jeans they wear to display them.

Chamber president resigns

Craig Daily Press Assistant Editor Christina Currie, at the request of the newspaper's editor, resigned Thursday as president of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Christina M. Currie: Disconnection Day

I dropped Katie off at school today. We were almost on time. She went inside, I drove away.

Moffat County neighbor

Age: 47 Occupation: Library assistant What should your business card say you do? I do all of the inter-library loan processing for the library. I check out books and help patrons.

Leaving for Las Vegas

Two wrestlers take inaugural flight, join four other first-timers

LAS VEGAS -- Troy Vernon didn't find out until Tuesday that he'd be on a flight to Las Vegas.

Doris Helen St. Louis

Doris Helen St. Louis, of Grand Junction, died Dec. 18, 2005, at Tina's Guest Home in Montrose. She was 94.

Datebook for Jan. 13

Today 6:30 p.m. The Recreational After-school Doorway, or RAD, will sponsor a Mystery Dinner Theater. Tickets are $40 each or $350 a table. Cash bar begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit RAD. Call 826-0199.

Police Blotter for Jan. 13

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Jan. 10 KC Lee Smith, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail to serve time on a previous offense.

Making the dough to go

What it takes for the wrestlers to go to Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- When the summer sun was beating down and the dust was choking him all day at the Yampa Valley Sport Riders Club, Cory Vigil wasn't thinking much about wrestling in the middle of winter.

Stretched to the limit

Yoga, Pilates offer exercise alternatives, full-body workouts

Soothing flute music resonates through a dimly-lit meeting room at The Center of Craig as women try to master standing postures that their instructor said would improve their health, flexibility and attitude.

Wednesday, January 11

New technology makes X-rays faster, easier

The Memorial Hospital will use a $227,000 grant for technology that can put patient care in the hands of experts around the globe 24 hours a day.

County puts out fire plan

The community fire hazard and emergency-response assessment that Moffat County commissioners voted in November to conduct isn't necessary, commissioners now say.

Datebook for Jan. 12

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Moffat County Libraries' Craig branch, 570 Green St., will host story-hours. The theme is snow people.

Myla Grace Harrell

Maggie Harrell and Paul Harrell, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Myla Grace Harrell, at 2:17 p.m. Dec. 21, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

Leona Papoulas: 1905-2005

Leona Papoulas, longtime resident of Moffat County, died at her home in Craig on Dec. 19, 2005. She was 100.

Omar Wright

Omar Wright, of Craig, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at the First Christian Church. Concluding services, an Interment will be in Hamburg, Iowa.

Police Blotter for Jan. 12

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, Jan. 10 No bookings reported.

Pat Relaford: Two words: 'Slow down'

In response to Mr. Wolschon's letter, and in his own words, a fast-blowing sleet/snow storm that instantly iced the roads. How are the city employees to instantly sand all the roads and intersections in town? I have two words for you: Slow down.

Donna Reishus

To the editor: It is with incredibly mixed feelings that I need to tell you that I'm going back to the states next week to search for a job in Arizona. I will be staying with my mom.

Chamber, MCTA feuding over funds

Two of the groups tasked with promoting the region's business and tourism are at odds about how they should cooperate.

Swimmers set for Jeffco

After swimming in a slow pool the previous meet, the Moffat County girls swim team is eager to dive into the pool in Arvada for the Jeffco meet this weekend.

Wild(life) ride

Officials classify elk from the skies

The helicopter pilot made a hard right turn near Lay and headed north in search of elk.

All-day K?

Some say costs outweigh benefits

As Moffat County School District begins its budget process, local kindergarten teachers have one request -- full-day kindergarten.

Tuesday, January 10

State Patrol

Gary Kendall Rank/position: Trooper Years of service: 28 Special certifications: Too many -- field training officer, certified VIN inspector, level IV accident investigator

Sheriff's office

Heather Brown Rank/position: Deputy Years of service: 4

Taygan Lynn Rocco

Jenae Rocco and Chad Rocco, of Meeker, announce the birth of their daughter, Taygan Lynn Rocco, at 2:13 p.m., Jan. 2, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Kinlie Reese Montgomery

Kristie Montgomery and Rhett Montgomery, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Kinlie Reese Montgomery, at 3 p.m., Dec. 31, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Daunte Paul Herrera

Robyn Ross and Paul Herrera, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Daunte Paul Herrera, at 3:52 a.m., Jan. 7, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

John P. Wolschon: Too little, too late

I am not impressed with the city's performance of its snow removal and sanding of the city streets.

Dr. Gary Erkfritz: Prison not the answer

After reading the story of Kassie Dilldine, don't your readers find the notion of giving this poor girl 32 years in prison absurd? Those numbers come from the federal and state drug warriors who still think that incarceration is the answer to the drug war.

City mulls faster way to handle weeds, junk

Weeds tall enough to violate the city's nuisance ordinance will have grown and died before the case to eliminate them is resolved through the legal system.

Partnership works to attract bigger business

Local economic development efforts are slowly moving forward, the group's director reported Tuesday night.

Balanced attack means Bulldogs win

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- The transition from shooting guard to point guard is going quite well for Moffat County sophomore Angie Charchalis.

Sailors shoot past Bulldogs in second half

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Even before the second half started, Steamboat Springs' Aaron Calkins was feeling it.

Our View: To your health

A new year always brings with it resolutions. It's a time when millions of Americans vow to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise and just do better.

Mann: Public meeting needed on wrestling

Board should clarify intent to disband program

In response to the recent article (Grappling over Bad Dawgs, Saturday): As a former coach and director of the Bad Dawgs, and former president and vice president of Moffat County Youth Wrestling, I would like to offer some insight to the program.

Nonprofits offered clubhouse

Any local nonprofit group interested in taking control of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse can make an offer to the Moffat County commissioners. But the group must agree to keep the facility open to the public.

Prisoners too pricey

Jail to turn away out-of-town parolees

Moffat County Jail no longer will accept parole violators from other counties, the jail administrator said Tuesday.

Dinosaur Fire

Patricia Hinkle Rank/position: Firefighter Years of service: 8 Special certifications: First responder Why do you do what you do? I enjoy helping people

To serve and protect

Law officers like jobs, minus tragedy

Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta decided he wanted a career in law enforcement at age 21. Thirty-five years later, he still loves his job.

Police Blotter for Jan. 11

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, Jan. 9 Eric Lyndale Fowler, 24, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

EMS

Dwaine Chesser Rank/position: EMT-B+ Years of service: 3 Special certifications: CPR Instructor, IV, Haz-Mat Why do you do what you do? To help my community and my co-workers at Twentymile Coal

Fire/rescue

Bill Johnston Rank/position: Deputy Chief Years of Service: 19

Police

Michelle Anderson Rank/position: Investigative Technician Years of service: 10 Why do you do what you do? I've always been interested in law enforcement and had a chance to become a dispatcher in 1995. I moved up into investigations and evidence when dispatch moved over to state patrol. What's something the community does not know about you? My husband and I enjoy raising reining and working cow horse quarter horses on our ranch. We also enjoy doing weddings and street fairs with our Belgian draft horses and carriages.

Rookie record

Craig Fire/Rescue recruits largest class ever

Craig Fire/Rescue crews' efforts have been rewarded. After months of interviewing and testing, officers have narrowed their rookie search to nine probationary firefighters.

Matters of life and death

Emergency medical crews see tragedy, try to forget

Tom Soos entered an internship program with the emergency medical service while he was still in high school. Nearly 30 years later, he is the director of The Memorial Hospital's emergency medical services and still loves what he does.

BLM Fire/Dispatch

Lynn Barclay Rank/position: Fire mitigation/education specialist Years of service: 13 years with the Bureau of Land Management Special certifications: Type 1 Information Officer

Firefighters fight, joke, work together

Craig Fire/Rescue's crew members spend countless hours together, often in intense situations -- two things that forge a bond the 21 volunteers likely would not have if it weren't for the department.

Monday, January 9

Datebook for Jan. 11

Today 1 to 2 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition will hold its annual board meeting at 439 Breeze St., in the conference room downstairs. Call Debi Harmon at 824-1178.

Police blotter for Jan. 10

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Jan. 6 Jason Carl Brewer, 26, of Louisiana, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and speeding.

Datebook for Jan. 10

Today Noon to 6 p.m. The Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Senate, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, The Memorial Hospital and the Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Nurse's Association offer free flu shots for the college's students, faculty and staff at the Bell Tower Atrium. Call Julie at 269-8123.

High-speed birth

Craig woman delivers baby in front seat of car

When Jamie Mitchell went into labor in November, she thought she had enough time to pick up her boyfriend and meet her doctor at a hospital in Steamboat Springs.

Committee trims Craig city charter

Voters should have an easier time studying the city's charter in November than they did in 1956, when it was originally on the ballot.

Police: Man knocked out windows

A Wyoming man is in Moffat County Jail after police say he punched through store windows on Victory Way on Saturday night.

News briefs for Jan. 10

Kilpatrick preliminary hearing rescheduled The Craig man who police say attempted to murder his girlfriend in November had his preliminary hearing postponed Monday.

Daily Press names publisher

Bryce Jacobson, former Denver Newspaper Agency zone manager, has been named the publisher of the Craig Daily Press.

Speak up for Jan. 10

Editor's note: The Colorado Division of Wildlife in late December asked that state residents keep their pets from chasing wildlife or face fines of as much as $500. Some residents countered that state officials should keep deer out of yards.

Sunday, January 8

Cookie season

Girls Scouts ready to sell again

Local Girl Scouts are gearing up to hit the streets again to sell their popular cookies.

Datebook for Jan. 9

Today Noon to 6 p.m. The Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Senate, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, The Memorial Hospital and the Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Nurse's Association offers free flu shots for the college's students, faculty and staff at the Bell Tower Atrium. Call Julie at 269-8123. 5:15 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County will hold its regular meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. Call 870-7500. 5:30 p.m. Life weight loss group meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Call Joan at 824-6611. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Noon to 6 p.m. The Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Senate, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, The Memorial Hospital and the Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Nurse's Association offer free flu shots for the college's students, faculty and staff at the Bell Tower Atrium. Call Julie at 269-8123. Wednesday, Jan. 11 1 to 2 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition will hold its annual board meeting at 439 Breeze St., in the conference room downstairs. Call Debi Harmon at 824-1178. 3 to 8 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Stewardship meets at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The group will discuss the community alternative for the Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan revision. Thursday, Jan. 12 10 and 11:30 a.m. Moffat County Libraries' Craig branch, 570 Green St., will host story-hours. The theme is "Snow People." 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Stewardship meets at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The group will discuss the role of adaptive management in the community alternative for the Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan revision. Friday, Jan. 13 6:30 p.m. The Recreational After-school Doorway, or RAD, will sponsor a Mystery Dinner Theater. Tickets are $40 each or $350 a table. Cash bar begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit RAD. Call 826-0199. Saturday, Jan. 14 6:30 p.m. The Recreational After-school Doorway, or RAD, will sponsor a Mystery Dinner Theater. Tickets are $40 each or $350 a table. Cash bar begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit RAD. Call 826-0199. Thursday, Jan. 19 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Moffat County School District will host a Literacy Carnival at the high school for students in preschool to sixth grade. A parent or adult guardian must accompany children. Saturday, Jan. 21 1 to 2 p.m. SHARE Craig, which works to provide low-cost groceries to residents, will distribute items at St. Michael's Church, 678 School St. Call Karen at 824-7939. Saturday, Jan. 28 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tryouts for the Local Talent Concert of the Craig Concert Association will be at the Moffat County High School Auditorium. The talent concert will be at 2 p.m. March 12. Call Jim Simpson at 824-4138. 10 a.m. to noon. The VFW Post No. 4265 will host two "Just Say No to Drugs" Coloring Contests at its hall, 419 E. Victory Way, upstairs. One contest is for students in first through fourth grades. The group will provide the coloring sheets and crayons, but participants also can bring crayons. The group also will sponsor a poster contest for students in fifth through eighth grades. Participants should bring a poster board no larger than 18-by-24-inches. Parents or guardians must be with contestants to sign an entry form. Refreshments will be served. Call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Business of politics

Auto-parts store owner can't resist getting involved

John Ponikvar has always liked the idea of being a mild-mannered auto-parts dealer.

Brandon Johansson: New bar nice but not fancy

The owner of Craig's newest bar said he wants people to think his establishment is nice but not too nice.

Accidents cause injury, damage

Emergency crews blame a brief snowstorm and icy roads for a string of accidents, including one that involved a Moffat County sheriff's deputy, in the morning and early afternoon Sunday.

Downward spiral

About a year after trying meth, local teen faces prison

A year ago, Kassie Dilldine was an 18-year-old college student who had never been in trouble or used drugs.

Saturday, January 7

Pins cost wrestlers the title

For a model of what the Moffat County wrestling team needs this season, look no further than junior Trenton Duarte's performance Saturday at the Dog Fight Duals.

Friday, January 6

Our View: The faces of meth

Last month, Moffat County residents saw what police say is the face of the community's methamphetamine problem. On the front page of the Dec. 23 Craig Daily Press were photographs of 14 people who police say distributed meth. Each was someone's neighbor, a member of someone's family.

Police Blotter for Jan. 7

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, Dec. 6 Jerry Lee Gray, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Children on board

Bus drivers want motorists to pay attention

Shirley Cromer was driving a bus full of schoolchildren on Fourth Street on Tuesday when the driver of the car next to her tried to make a left turn from the wrong lane.

David Pressgrove: Communication breakdown

I'm sitting at my desk exhausted after interviewing people for three days about the story that's running to the left of my column.

Grappling over Bad Dawgs

Parents, coaches, board members can't agree about wrestling program

In February, Joe and Lori Hef�--ton and Ben Crippen accepted positions on the Moffat County Youth Wrestling Board because they wanted to help with the Craig program.

Teacher never stops learning

Roger Spears taught seven different classes in seven different classrooms during his first job as a teacher in an inner-city middle school.

Risky behavior

Health care officials link meth use, STDs

When the Healthy People 2010 initiative made reducing sexually transmitted diseases a goal in 2000, its educational campaigns, commercials and free condoms led to a 5 percent to 10 percent decrease in reported cases.

Briefs for Jan. 7

The Craig man who police say attempted to murder his girlfriend in November will be in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Datebook for Jan. 7

Today 1 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meets at the First Congregational Church. Call 824-6915.

Thursday, January 5

Duals down to one day

For the second consecutive year, the Dogfight Duals has been reduced to one day because of cancellations. The change didn't affect the Bulldogs because they're focused more on getting to the mat.

Catholics say joining the church worth the long process

Cathy Gush decided to officially join St. Michael's Catholic Church after attending Mass there for seven years.

Police Blotter for Jan. 6

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, Jan. 4 Mark Allen Gay, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Lawyers assigned to defendants

The use of a confidential informant by drug task force agents in a historic methamphetamine sweep last month has created numerous conflicts for the public defender's office.

Patch work: State offers free smoking patches

As the manager of Craig's Smoker Friendly store, JoDeena Bullock has seen her share of smokers try to quit.

Snowmobile accident sends man to hospital

A Boulder man was taken to The Memorial Hospital after a snowmobile accident in Wilder�--ness Ranch on Thursday evening.

Shadow may go to nonprofits

The American Legion won't be the only local nonprofit group with a chance to take over control of Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Datebook for Jan. 6

7 p.m. The Greenridge Mountaineers Square Dance Club will gather at Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden. The group meets each Friday in January. Call Lois Norman at 824-6773.

Hot checks burn businesses

Some shops, restaurants considering changing payment policies

Craig is a town where people still can buy goods and services with nothing more than a signature on a small rectangle of paper.

TMH officials: administrator should stay

The Memorial Hospital's board of directors wants interim administrator Susan McGough to consider making Craig her permanent home.

Moffat County Neighbor: Kimbra Goodall

Kimbra Goodall Age: 38 Occupation: Sales clerk of Robb's Grocery

Age of technology

Senior citizens embrace computers, Internet

When Perry Van Dorn was writing a book 20 years ago, he became frustrated with his portable typewriter.

Briefs for Jan. 6

Moffat County commissioners will discuss the community services block grant at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Christina M. Currie: A bear of a day

"That short girl whose pants never fully cover her butt is taking me home today. She's quiet, so I don't know what to expect. I'm thinking it will be OK because she does smile a lot. She's pretty sweet to the guinea pigs, too, and that means a lot in my world.

Group renews focus on increasing tourism

Residents in 10 communities are gathering today and Saturday to rejuvenate a waning effort to increase tourism in Northwest Colorado.

Wednesday, January 4

Briefs for Jan. 5

Police cited a Dinosaur man for an unsafe lane change after the car he was driving collided with a school bus in the 400 block of Fourth Street.

Datebook for Jan. 5

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Moffat County Libraries Craig branch hosts story-times. Penguins are the theme.

County looking to fill board seats

Last year, 14 people applied for 12 seats on the Moffat County Land Use Board.

Dose of intrigue

Walgreens said to be searching for sites

In much the same way speculation preceded Wal-Mart's announcement that it would open a Supercenter in Craig, rumor and innuendo are beating Walgreens officials to the city planner's office.

Miners follow tragedy closely

When Tom Miller first heard the news that 13 coal miners in West Virginia were trapped underground after an explosion, he immediately assumed the worst.

Girls team returns fit, ready for league

There have been fewer girls than usual gasping for air at the Moffat County girls basketball team's practices this week. That pleases coach Craig Mortensen.

Putting the 'D' in Dogs

Boys basketball team knows success comes from defense

Through the first eight games, the Moffat County boys basketball team went the way of its leading scorer.

Lacey Marie Green

Lacey Marie Green graduated from the University of Wyoming on Dec. 9, 2005, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences with an emphasis on Production.

Ethal M. Jordan (1916-2005)

Ethal M. Jordan died Dec. 28, 2005, in Craig. She was 89.

New board, big challenges: College leaders' work cut out

Community college officials must expand programs and increase employee morale with tight budgets. And, they'll have to do it with a new panel of leaders.

Police Blotter for Jan. 5

Moffat County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, Jan. 3 Deputies arrested a man in Dinosaur on suspicion of domestic violence.

London Herring

Rachel and Christopher Herring of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, London Herring, at 4:52 p.m., Dec. 19, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Tuesday, January 3

Robert S. 'Tommy' Thompson (1920-2005)

Robert S. "Tommy" Thompson, of Laramie, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

Police Blotter for Jan. 4

Shelley Germaime Kalik, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, domestic violence, child abuse and menacing assault.

Hearings delayed for meth distribution suspects

The 14 Craig residents arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine in a massive drug investigation last month will have to wait until later this week before they see a judge again.

Standoff suspect faces multiple charges

A Craig man who police say ran from them after a traffic stop last month and was later arrested after a four-hour standoff, will face eight charges when he goes to trial this month.

Red Dogs host tourney tradition

The best hockey that fans can watch within a four-hour drive will be in Craig this weekend.

Swimmers back in the water

Bulldogs confident they will make strong showing at state tournament again

The Moffat County High School girls swim team earned another state qualifying time in its last meet before winter break. Coach Jennifer Zim�--merman said she was confident that her team would continue to qualify in events when it returns to competition this week.

Our View: College earns an 'A'

Although people came and went, there were never fewer than 30 residents listening in December when the four Colorado Northwestern Community College presidential candidates spoke.

Betsy Peck: Caring community makes Craig home

As chairwoman of Christmas for Seniors, I want to say thanks to the caring residents of Craig and Moffat County.

Shop sale stalls

Land Steamboat wants may be contaminated

The $220,000 sale of the old Moffat County Road and Bridge shop to the city of Steamboat Springs hit another snag Tuesday on fears the property may be contaminated.

Datebook for Jan. 4

Noon. The Red Hat Society will host a luncheon at the Craig Fire Station. The luncheon is open to all chapters, and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite covered dishes and drinks.

Lassotas

Michael and Cheryl Lassota, formerly of Craig, announce the engagements and wedding plans of their three daughters, all Moffat County High School graduates.

Down the drain

From sharks to rings, plumbers find strangest things

As owner of Roto Rooter of Craig, Doug Warren has seen some strange things removed from the drainpipes and toilets of Moffat County.

Monday, January 2

Briefs for Jan. 3

A Wyoming home is a loss after a Friday afternoon blaze, said Baggs Fire & Rescue Chief Ryan Kudera.

A welcome change?

State developing new signs to promote Colorado's beauty

The signs that greet motorists as they enter the state are an oxymoron, some Coloradans say.

Speak up

Tired of your over-grazed yard? In response to the Colorado Department of Wildlife's plea to keep our dogs away from the deer, here is our plea to them: Keep them out of our yards.

The skinny on diets

Experts: Burn more calories, consume less food

A few years ago, Craig resident Rick Johnson went on the Cabbage Soup Diet and lost about 10 pounds. But Johnson said it didn't take long to get tired of the soup, which is high in fiber, low in taste.

Datebook for Jan. 3

Wednesday, Jan. 4 Noon. The Red Hat Society will host a luncheon at the Craig Fire Station. The luncheon is open to all chapters, and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite covered dishes and drinks.

Sunday, January 1

Win-lose situation

Bulldog hockey team shows improvement in losses

Jay Oxley expected the match between the Moffat County Bulldog hockey team and Glenwood Springs to be tough. The Grizzlies fulfilled his expectations.

Datebook for Jan. 2

Today All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed through today for the New Year's holiday.

Moffat County to consider property sale

Moffat County commissioners will resume discussion of the sale of the old county shop to the city of Steamboat Springs at Tuesday's meeting.

Merchandise mystery ends today

For weeks, windows at one Centennial Mall retail space were covered with paper, causing intrigue and speculation.

Brendan Beachman

Moffat County High School graduate Brendan Beachman was named to the Montana State University fall semester dean's honor roll. Students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be listed on the dean's honor roll.

Clerk to keep mailing reminders

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan knew people wouldn't be happy if the Clerk's Office stopped mailing reminders for vehicle registration renewals.

Strong medicine

Interim administrator works to keep hospital healthy

Susan McGough arrived in Craig on Aug. 8 with two tasks -- to ensure that patients at The Memorial Hospital get the best possible care and to turn plans of a new hospital into a reality.

Treva Tyler

Moffat County High School graduate Teva Tyler was named to the Montana State University fall semester president's honor roll.