Stories for June 2006

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Friday, June 30

Repelling fire

Crew uses helicopter to rappel, fight wildland fires

Adam Sinner looks forward to nights he can spend sleeping in a bed. As the senior firefighter with an Oregon-based heli-rappel crew, Sinner is as likely to spend the night on the fire line as in a town.

Datebook for July 1

Tuesday, July 4 The Moffat County Libraries are closed for Independence Day.

Government update for July 1

• Commissioners met with representatives from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Airport officials are trying to raise money for improved surveillance. Commissioners did not pledge any money, but said they would take the issue under consideration.

Putting for a good cause

The Yampa Valley Preg�--nancy Center Putt�--ing Contest took place June 24 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The Record for July 1

No bookings reported.

Marissa Jadyn Rodela

Angie and Bob Rodela of Arvada announce the birth of their daughter, Marissa Jadyn, at 7:52 p.m. June 17 at Lutheran Medical Center.

Lauren Lynn Bergmann, Annalee Edith Hamilton, Sarina Marie Maneotis

More than 1,643 Colorado State University students were named to the dean's list of their colleges for the spring 2006 semester.

Ashley Marie Hutton

Ashley Marie Hutton, of Craig, recently earned an Associate of Science degree from Casper College.

Florence Martin

Florence Martin of Craig, a student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., has been recognized by the college for her academic performance last semester by being placed on the Dean's Honor Roll.

April Sanchez

April Sanchez, of Craig, recently received the Veva Stimits Memorial Scholarship.

CNCC calendar for July 1

Class possibility: A day trip to see Body Worlds 2 Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science before it ends July 23. If you are interested, call 824-1135.

179,000 acres of minerals for lease

The Bureau of Land Man�--agement will offer the minerals under 179,000 acres of public land in Colorado at its lease sale next month.

How does your garden grow?

Jim Beers has 20 years of experience when it comes to growing a vegetable garden in the harsh conditions of Moffat County.

Potting their heart and soul into it

4-H pottery club teaches youths control, creativity

Four-H is about more than raising cattle and pigs. There is an artistic side to 4-H that not many people know about, but each year at the Moffat County Fair, the Pottery Kids Club is proof.

A Classic legacy

Golfer shooting for 50 in a row at Cottonwood Classic

For some, golf is a relaxing way to pass the time. For others it's a competitive sport. But for one die-hard local, golf is more like a legacy.

Craig man pleads guilty in meth case

A Craig man accused of using a gun to rob a Steamboat Springs man of 10 grams of methamphetamine pleaded guilty to felony robbery and menacing during a court hearing Friday.

Our View: Land that we love

Terrorists with a bloodlust to sacrifice themselves in exchange for killing innocent people live among us. Families so overburdened by the oil and gasoline industry are canceling summer trips.

'Mutually beneficial'

District keeps eye on corporate deals

How's this sound, Nike's Craig Middle School? Or, Moffat County High School, presented by Bausch and Lomb?

Dinosaur school denied

State charter institute turns down request

Administrators of the Dinosaur Community Charter School said they smiled when a state institute granted them conditional approval in April for charter.

Halfway through

Rookie firefighters midway through training

Justin Anthony knew before signing up to be a firefighter that the training period would involve many hours away from his home and family.

Get help or get out

COMA reaffirms commitment to drug fight

Joel Sheridan, a member of a local drug prevention group, has a simple way of spelling out exactly what his organization wants from addicts.

George Barrick

George Barrick of Craig died Thursday at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Taramarcaz-Schell

Paul and Sharon Taramarcaz and Jerry and Sherrie Schell are pleased to announce the marriage of Jessica Kathleen Taramarcaz to Bryce Craig Schell.

Thursday, June 29

Pushing through Craig

Group's fundraising bike ride makes pit stop in city

Twenty-one cyclists are making a journey that lasts 63 days and spans 4,000 miles.

News briefs for June 30

Youths spread message On June 23, youth advocates from across the state took to the streets to educate people about the statewide smoking ban.

Police blotter for June 30

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, June 28 Steven Mark Tamlin, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

Alton on the sheriff's ballot

With Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan's signature, the battle for Moffat County sheriff became a three-man race this week.

Kids round up a good time

Little Britches Rodeo takes place this weekend at fairgrounds

If they were wearing normal-sized cowboy gear, their hats would fall over their eyes and their boots would be up to their knees.

Kathaleen Hayes Fraizer

Kathaleen Hayes Fraizer Kathaleen Hayes Fraizer, of Belton, Mo., formerly of Hayden, died June 23, 2006, at a Missouri hospital. No services will be held, per her request.

Alice Blevins Bordeaux

Alice Blevins Bordeaux Memorial services for Alice Blevins Bordeaux are at 10 a.m. July 8 at the Maybell Community Church in Maybell.

Moffat County Neighbor: Mike Armstrong

Mike Armstrong Age: 20 Occupation: Carpet installer

Datebook for June 30

Tuesday, July 4 The Moffat County Libraries are closed for Independence Day.

Carol Gore

Carol Gore Carol Gore, former Craig resident, died June 23, 2006, at the Cook Care Center in Youngtown, Ariz. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

TMH deal 'huge'

Agreement good for community and region, college dean says

The road leading to a new Craig hospital is long, windy and rocky.

Fire in the sky

Residents gear up for Fourth-of-July fun; officials say leave explosives to pros

For many Americans, it's hard to imagine a better way to ring in the country's birth than by watching big, bright explosions cascade through the night sky.

Touch of Spice: Good enough for the dog

I arrived at the babysitter's house after a long day and found three girls with long faces seated as far from each other as the "L" shaped couch would allow. There was no talk, no laughter, no play.

Wednesday, June 28

Dallas Ray Cooper

Tabitha and Kenny Cooper of Craig announce the birth of their son, Dallas Ray Cooper, at 4:33 p.m. June 20, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Marissa Jaclyn Rodela

Angie and Bob Rodela, of Arvada, announce the birth of their daughter, Marissa Jaclyn Rodela, at 7:52 p.m. June 17 at Lutheran Medical Center.

TMH board approves agreement

College property prospective site for new health care facility

Plenty of work remains before The Memorial Hospital can achieve its goal of building a new health care facility in Craig, said Ron Danner, chairman of the hospital's building committee.

Bennie Lee Little

Bennie Lee "Ben" Little was born on Dec. 14,1939, in Fort Collins, to Willis D. Little and Bessie M. Honnold. He was raised in Fort Collins and in Las Vegas, Nev., where he graduated from high school. At the age of 18, Ben joined the U.S. Navy.

News briefs for June 29

Space available for booths at fair The Moffat County Fair is a great venue for nonprofit organizations to share information with the public, officials from the Moffat County Extension Office said.

Joslyn Lorraine Bacon

Sarah Jane and Jason Bacon, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Joslyn Lorraine Bacon, at 2:52 p.m. June 20, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Arnold L. Miller

Arnold L. Miller was born on Nov. 5,1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Lester B. and Gertrude Miller. He was raised and attended school in Kalona, Iowa.

An unexpected opportunity

Moffat County High School teacher embraces activities director role

Moffat County High School was without an activities director for all of two days. That's when Jeff Simon stepped in to take control of the position and bring MCHS sports a little closer to the community.

Jennifer Thornberry: Craig's pool rules

To the editor: This letter is in response to Daveth Young's letter that printed in Wednesday's Craig Daily Press about children not being able to use water wings at the public pool.

Police blotter for June 29

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, June 27 Jerome Dale Nash, 30, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Peter Gordon Reinolds, 20, of Meeker, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Meeker fire contained

Fire crews on Tuesday contained a small wildfire in Rio Blanco County, an official with the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported.

Richard 'Dick' Kennedy

Richard "Dick" Kennedy died June 20, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center, in Steamboat Springs.

Questar eyes Moffat County

Energy company officials say they would like to see 4,000 wells

Officials from a Salt Lake City-based energy company hope to have 4,000 wells drilled in a 150,000-acre region along the Colorado-Wyoming border during the next 30 years.

B and B -- and beyond

Jack-of-all-trades couple revitalizing restaurant into candy store, malt shop

Large wooden poles adorn the outside of the rustic building on the east side of Craig. A hodge-podge of paints, lacquers and tools are scattered around the inside. Old soft-serve ice cream dispensers sit outside.

Lily Olivia Lewin

Mary and Rod Lewin, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Olivia Lewin, at 8:11 p.m. June 23, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Arianwyn Bleidd Blake

Dorothy and Rodney Blake, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Arianwyn Bleidd Blake, at 6:31 p.m. June 19, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

'On the move'

CNCC hiring staff, starting new programs

John Boyd is making good on his promises.

Tuesday, June 27

County lays out fire rules

When the Thomas Fire broke out near Greystone earlier this month, crews spent $140,000 on airdrops in the first four hours, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Tuesday.

Flame out

County and federal officials ban fires

Federal and local officials Tuesday followed the state's lead and banned open fires throughout Northwest Colorado.

Datebook for June 27

Brief: Energy firm announces program

Xcel Energy announced Monday a new energy-efficient lighting program that will help residential customers in Colorado save energy and money. The company is helping electricity customers make the switch to energy-efficient lighting by offering incentives on compact fluorescent lights.

Death: James Calton Mansfield

James Calton Mansfield was born in Craig on August 20, 1927, to Walter and Louise Mansfield.

Datebook for June 29

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., hosts story-times. The theme is scales. Call 824-5116.

A home of their own

Local Habitat for Humanity chapter awards Craig family with Yampa Avenue house

For the past year, volunteers have dedicated their time to breathing life back into the boarded-up house at 745 Yampa Ave. Their goal has been simple: revitalize the home so a worthy family could move in.

White talks about oil, gas boom in Rangely

Birthdays are a double-edged sword, but they're not the only thing, Rep. Al White said.

Our View: Training for the future

What do William Faulkner, Peter Jennings, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs have in common?

Monday, June 26

Fire strikes again

Grass blaze encompasses 300 acres near Baggs, marks high-activity season

A broken fan belt started a 300-acre fire in northern Moffat County on Monday.

County wants more accessible information

Officials hope upgrades to Assessor's Office Web site will cut down on phone calls

The Moffat County commissioners authorized paying for upgrades to the Assessor's Office Web site last week, a move they say will allow residents easier access to information.

The wonder of reading

Artist draws on childhood experiences to create decorative panels for library

Nearly a year's worth of work and design culminated Saturday for local artist Trudy Christopher, whose gallery glass homage to childhood reading took its place inside the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries.

Datebook for June 27

Wednesday, June 28 Noon. Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association hosts its monthly meeting at the Tin Cup Grill. Call Sandy Seip at 824-6660.

Fundraising riders to make pit stop in Craig

A team of cyclists riding across the country in hopes of furthering services to people with disabilities will make a pit stop Thursday afternoon in Craig.

Speak up for June 27

Slow down I just wanted to make a comment about these people who are driving 90 miles an hour on U.S. Highway 40. I hope that law enforcement comes down hard on them. I drive that road, and I expect the objective dangers to be things like deer and antelope and not people like that. That is the same thing as carrying a loaded rifle in downtown Craig and firing at random. My loved ones drive that road, and it upsets me.

Police blotter for June 27

Craig Police Department Saturday, June 24 Officers received a noise complaint.

Hayden Speedway Results for June 24

Super Street Challenge June 24 Hayden Speedway Heat race results Sport Stock NA Street Stock Heat 1 No. 316 Jim Wilson -- first No. 40 Scott Heizer -- second No. 1 Michelle Powers -- third

Frances Boatright

Frances Boatright, of Craig, died Saturday at her home. A funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1295 W. Ninth St. Internment will follow at the Craig Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Dinosaur marshal 'shocked'

Former cop says he did nothing wrong

The former Dinosaur town marshal being investigated by the District Attorney's Office said Monday that he is shocked by the allegations against him.

Hope Ulak

Memorial services for Hope Ulak are at noon Friday at the Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave.

News briefs for June 27

Arson suspect gets $5,000 bail A judge on Monday set bail at $5,000 for a Craig man accused of setting his car on fire during a house party early Saturday morning.

Sunday, June 25

Major energy-company merger announced

Two energy companies that have been active in and around Moffat County will be part of one of the biggest mergers in Colorado this year, officials announced last week.

Craig man charged with arson

A Craig man is charged with fourth-degree arson after an early Saturday morning incident that sent his vehicle into flames, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office reported.

Wild, but dependable

Clinic aims at helping horse owners learn how to train

Even for a seasoned horse owner, a wild horse can present a difficult set of challenges, Steve Mantle said.

Bulldogs take two

The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team had a flair for the dramatic Saturday afternoon when they swept Thomas Jefferson in a doubleheader in Craig.

Datebook for June 26

Wednesday, June 28 Noon. Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association hosts its monthly meeting at the Tin Cup Grill. Call Sandy Seip at 824-6660.

News briefs for June 26

Fund established for cancer patient Steve Ivers, a husband, father and local youth sports coach, recently was diagnosed with cancer.

For the love of horses

Pat and Patti Mosbey have dedicated themselves to horses, annual show in Craig

Lyrics from a country song that played over the loudspeakers Saturday afternoon at the Moffat County Fairgrounds echoed the nobility of ropin' and ridin'.

Local rider first in motocross

Josh Veenstra has been riding his dirt bike for only nine months, but don't tell that to the other racers he competed against Saturday and Sunday at the Yampa Valley Sports Riders Club track south of Craig.

Friday, June 23

Ben Little

Our view: Courts still need security

About a year ago, 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael O'Hara requested more security for the Moffat County Courthouse.

Craig population on upswing

Craig is growing in population, and city officials say the growth is most likely due to an increase in available jobs.

PERA: retirement fund improving

While the financial condition of a large Colorado state employees retirement fund isn't on as solid of ground as many would like, reports of its demise are misleading, according to Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association.

Youths compete at Coors

Trevor Thompson, 10, and Kindall Cushman, 14, both of Rangely, will compete at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition hosted by the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday.

Meth case continued

A Craig man who police say used a gun to rob a Steamboat Springs man of 10 grams of methamphetamine is considering a plea offer from the District Attorney's Office, a prosecutor said Friday.

Judge: Smoking ban still in effect starting July 1

A federal judge in Denver Friday ruled against a temporary restraining order to delay the implementation of Colorado's smoking ban on July 1.

Datebook for June 23

Briefs for June 23

Alice Bordeaux

Watching the wheat wither

Moffat County farmers worry low rainfall might mean low-yield crops this season

Gordon Grandbouche at Craig Grain Company is expecting this year's wheat yields to be under last year's mark, partly because of lack of moisture Moffat County has received this spring.

A classy competition

4-Hers prepare dog projects for late summer county, state fairs

Some people take their dogs for walks; some people play fetch with tennis balls and bones.

Dinosaur examines officer's history

Prosecutors are investigating a former Dinosaur town marshal they say may have lied about his workload in an attempt to get a raise and lied on his resume.

Thursday, June 22

Wage wars

Studies: Salary disparity in Moffat County greater than state, national averages

Before the Civil War, many American men held the perception that women should stay home and tend to the family. But when war broke out and a country divided argued with bloodshed over whom would remain in power, it was women who kept the business of America's economy rolling along by replacing the men at war.

Grinolds-Christensen

Kathy Oldland of Craig is pleased to announce the marriage of her daughter Joy Grinolds to Martin Christensen of Thornton. Grinolds is also the daughter of the late Gary Grinolds, formerly of Green River, Wyo. Martin is the son of Martin and Kathryn Christensen, of Arvada.

Margie Carolyn Ponton

Margie Carolyn Matzke Ponton was born on May 29, 1908, in Montrose to William F. and Carolyn (McGregor) Matzke. The family moved to Moffat County near the Great Divide in 1914.

Briefs for June 23

A middle school teacher in an impoverished area in Tennessee is doing her part to give students hope for the future. And she's asking area residents for help.

Land-use group nearing its end

The group tasked with helping the Bureau of Land Management determine the future of much of Northwest Colorado's public lands had what could be one of its final meetings Thursday.

Moffat County Neighbor: Gayle Zimmerman

Gayle Zimmerman Occupation: Administrative assistant/court clerk What should your business card say you do? What don't I do?

Contracting a scam

Contractors: Out-of-towners rip off residents

Con artists sometimes take advantage of Craig residents by promising cheap prices for contracting jobs.

Fire officials urge common sense

With what could be one of the worst wildfire seasons in the state's history already underway, officials are urging people to use some common sense.

Despite life's difficulties, new vicar still devoted

Faith -- a belief in things unseen. John Turner questioned his on July 9, 2002, when a car accident claimed the life of his 17-year-old son, Robert.

Riley Christopher Thompson

Chris and Christalin Thompson, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Riley Christopher Thompson, at 3:23 p.m. June 14, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Datebook for June 23

Today 7 p.m. Graduates of the Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program receive practical nurse certificates at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. A reception will follow.

Clearing the smoke

Smoking ban goes into effect July 1

On July 1, a smoking ban will be in place for all of Colorado. The law requires that most public areas and a 15-foot radius around entryways leading into buildings be smoke free.

Police Blotter for June 23

There is no report for Wednesday, June 21, from the Craig Police Department or the Moffat County Sheriff's Office because of a problem with the computers at the regional dispatch center.

Lone rider

Zulian, his family have kept the local motocross track going

It's been 27 years since Dan Zulian watched his dad help build the Yampa Valley Sports Riders Club dirt bike track south of Craig. Sometimes it feels longer than that.

Wednesday, June 21

BLM: Thomas Fire extinguished

Fire officials achieved their desired goal Tuesday -- completely extinguishing a wildfire in western Moffat County -- after a week of battling the blaze that rampaged across more than 3,000 acres.

Local officials work on state homelessness

Homeless people live on the asphalt jungle of the streets because they're too lazy to work. Homeless people sleep outside because they're drug addicts.

Three meth defendants enter pleas

Two defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep pleaded not guilty to meth distribution and possession charges Tuesday, and another defendant accepted a plea agreement.

Craig man pleads not guilty

Kilpatrick accused of choking his girlfriend, alleged suicide plot

A Craig man who police say choked his girlfriend and planned to kill her and himself in November pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges Tuesday.

Commissioners sign on loans for general funds

Moffat County commissioners tried to clear up confusion Tuesday about their plan to loan general fund money to county departments.

Briefs for June 20

Wedding: Lull-Larkin

Picture perfect

Humane Society asks residents to photograph pets for calendar contest

The Humane Society of Moffat County wants to see your best shot of your pet.

Running the good race

Moffat County graduate wins national track title, sets higher goals for competitions

Emily Mortensen went to college to play basketball. Five years later, she's one of the top up-and-coming distance runners in the country.

Animal house

Unsanitary conditions prompt city to evict woman, 34 cats

Flies buzz around a dumpster partially filled with trash and debris. A stench comes through the front door. A pile of wood stretches several feet across the front lawn, dirty trash cans are scattered near the street and a squirrel carcass lies rotting near the mailbox.

Ben Little

Smoke hasn't cleared on fire's finances

Now that the flames of the Thomas Fire have been put out, officials are turning their attention to the blaze's next front: money.

Datebook for June 21

Rita Schmitt

Our view: The business of ballgames

You couldn't get a seat in a restaurant. Gasoline station parking lots were packed. Short of an advanced reservation, a hotel room couldn't be had.

Arnold Miller

Richard Kennedy

Hope Ulak

'Four yards and a cloud of dust'

Moffat County High School football team takes ground game to sports camp

GRAND JUNCTION -- Oh, the irony of it all.

Leaders hope school will provide skills training

When Rick Bettger was the assistant principal at Aurora Central High School, he had a student who simply didn't want to be there.

Commission approves 4-H building funding

The 4-H rabbit and poultry groups were pushed in the pig barn last year. The year before, they were nudged into the corner of a horse barn.

Briefs for June 21

Tuesday, June 20

Robert Molloy: Crews commended for fighting Thomas Fire

Life could be a very different today for the residents of Greystone, but for the tireless efforts of the 210 firefighters and support staff who demonstrated their dedicated professionalism in fighting the Thomas Fire last week.

Monday, June 19

Christopher Scott Rayburn

Cara Lynn and Ryan Scott Rayburn, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Christopher Scott Rayburn, at 5:16 p.m. June 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Abigail Rose Martinez

Josh and Shannon Martinez, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Rose Martinez, at 10:32 a.m. June 14, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Aaron Sean Colby

Carl and Kimberly Colby, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Aaron Sean Colby, at 11:54 a.m. June 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Megan Louise Quinn

Danny and Mary Quinn, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Megan Louise Quinn, at 11:39 p.m. June 16, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for June 20

Cody Ray Frederickson, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of driving after revocation, reckless driving, three counts of driving under the influence, false reporting, prohibited use of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Jim Leander (Dec. 8, 1921 -- Feb. 21, 2006)

Longtime Moffat County resident James Harold Leander died Feb. 21, 2006, at age 84, in Stanford, Calif. Born on Dec. 8, 1921, in Long Beach, Calif., he was the eldest of two children born to Algot and Florence (Shaver) Leander. He was raised in Fullerton, Calif., and on the Shaver ranch in Axial.

Briefs for June 20

The Craig Head Start Preschool is accepting applications for the 2006-07 program. If you have a child who will turn 3 or 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, call Marci at 824-5716.

Datebook for June 20

7 p.m. Bears Ears Sportsman's Club hosts a general membership meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. Anyone interested is invited.

Crews expected to wrap up fire today

High temperatures, stiff winds and dry conditions led Bureau of Land Management officials to issue a "red flag warning" for Monday. In the fire world, red flag warnings mean watch out for fire.

Poacher can't hunt for 12 years

A Craig man will not be allowed to hunt or fish in Colorado or 20 other states for 12 years because he poached a big horn sheep, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials said Monday.

Trooper: Teen tried to run cars off road

Chase ends after 30 miles, speeds top 90mph

Vehicles littered the sides of U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig on Saturday afternoon after police say a Moffat County teenager driving a stolen truck ran them off the road during a high-speed chase.

Wild horse weekend includes competition, training

Local owners of wild horses say helping an animal transition to life behind a fence can be difficult. This weekend, owners have an opportunity to learn training techniques to make that transition easier.

Support group: Thanks to businesses for their donations

A huge thank you to the following businesses for their donations in helping us with Alex's Lemonade Stand: Robb's, City Market, Safeway, Colorado West, the Craig Daily Press and Mountain Medical Specialists. Also thank you for all the donations at the booth on Saturday.

Philip J. Moore Jr.

Philip J. Moore Jr. was born May 23, 2006. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.

Sunday, June 18

Senior administrator out

Efforts to begin soon to replace chief clinical officer at hospital

On Wednesday, The Memorial Hospital board of trustees thanked senior administrator Suzanne Frappier for her work as compliance officer during an internal investigation into hospital policies and medical practices.

Fire dying down

BLM: Thomas Fire fully contained

On Saturday, firefighters and support staff from various agencies achieved their goal of 100 percent containment of a wildfire in western Moffat County that blazed through thousands of acres earlier in the week.

Team finds offense in second game

Youthfulness is a good word to describe the Craig American Legion team, and that was never more clear than on Saturday.

Carving out a living

Local resident a man of many talents, diverse experience

Jan Roth drives an old truck and occasionally sleeps in the back. Although this would be an oddity for many, for Roth, it's just another part of his winding and experience-filled life.

Sculptor earns two 'Whittle' honors

'Frogtopia' earns praise from judges, fellow artists

During the weekend in Craig, nine artists gathered to talk about their trade and demonstrate how the trunk of a tree can be transformed into a sculpture that inspires the imagination.

News briefs for June 19

DOW officials urge people not to handle young wildlife This is the time of year when wild animals are giving birth to their young. The Colorado Division of Wildlife advises people not to approach, touch or handle young animals.

Datebook for June 19

Today 9 a.m. to noon Vacation Bible school is at Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way for children ages 4 to those in sixth grade, through Friday. A parent program begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Call 824-5424.

Hospital lends a hand in saving lives

The 100K Lives campaign, a national effort to enhance the safety of hospital patients, has reached its goal of saving 100,000 lives in 18 months. And health officials from The Memorial Hospital in Craig had a hand in achieving that goal.

Friday, June 16

REPS session aims to educate about suicide

The two women sit face-to-face. Each has a different purpose. The woman on the left, Robin Willis, fidgets in her chair while explaining why life has become unbearable. She explains why her sorrows outweigh her joys.

Bryce Jacobson: Losing and loving

A couple of weeks ago, as I was fast asleep in the middle of the night, I received a phone call from my mom.

Briefs for June 16

Blotter for June 16

Cowbelle's Kitchens

Lynx open Crown 1-1

The Lynx are back.

Fiber industry far from sheepish

Craig has long, rich history in wool production; local warehouse still active

The aging warehouse next to the railroad tracks on Ranney Street is quiet now, with the building's lone worker sitting at a desk. Tom LeFevre checks current wool prices and reflects on the history of the industry in which he works.

Thomas fire continues to lose strength

BLM officials expect full containment by Tuesday

On Friday, a wildfire in western Moffat County was further reduced and is now 85 percent contained, Bureau of Land Management officials reported.

From stump to masterpiece

Some carvers make bears, and some make eagles, but this year at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, one carver is making frogs.

From the Pressbox: Crying, B movies and SportsCenter

I would like to think that I've become a more mature sports fan as I've grown older.

Datebook for June 16

Thursday, June 15

Datebook for June 16

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, a community coalition addressing the problem of teen suicide, hosts the second day of a two-day intensive suicide prevention training seminar at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Call Sara Ross at 879-2141.

Brian Poole

As Pvt. Brian Poole was home visiting family and friends he was able to have his great-grandfather Ed White, of Rifle, present him with the infantry braid that Poole earned at completion of his Army Basic Training and AIT in Fort Benning, Ga.

County seeks review panel applicants

No one has applied for committee for child welfare

A request by Moffat County commissioners for residents to apply for a Department of Social Services oversight panel has fallen on deaf ears.

Police Blotter for June 16

Moffat County Jail Wednesday, June 14 No bookings reported.

Fire board aims for vote on mill levy increase

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District board decided Thursday evening to ask the public again for a mill levy increase in November.

County declares 'disaster area'

Officials estimate Thomas Fire damage at $250,000

From two to three miles away, Bob Molloy, a decade-long resident of the small Greystone community, caught a view Tuesday of the wildfire that came to scorch thousands of acres in western Moffat County this week.

California cadet

2006 Moffat County graduate earns full ROTC scholarship

While some 2006 Moffat County High School graduates may be contemplating their next step in life, Michelle Hardin has it all figured out.

Local golfers test CJGA series

Kaleb McKey didn't want to talk about the results from his two-day effort at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs, but he did think it would make him better in the end.

Moffat County Neighbor: Chris Anthony

Chris Anthony Age: Old Occupation: Business owner

Christina M. Currie: A long walk home

On the first Saturday in many weeks that wasn't jam-packed with activities, I decided we needed some "us" time. I also decided that we needed some exercise.

Briefs for June 16

The Colorado River District is holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday for the public to walk across the Elkhead Reservoir dam and view the construction work that will raise the dam by 25 feet to almost double the reservoir's water storage.

Pappy's waiting

Local shoppers have plenty of selection for Father's Day gifts

All you papas out there, listen up.

Wednesday, June 14

Wallie's restaurant closing after 20 years

It's a long journey from Bangkok, Thailand, to Craig, and for Wallie Wooden, the next adventure begins with the sale of her restaurant.

Hospital investigation ends

Board OKs administrative, compliance resolutions

An internal investigation into claims of improprieties and abuse at The Memorial Hospital has ended.

Speedy Sharks

Swim team members set personal bests at meet

Times are already starting to drop for the Craig Sea Shark swimmers.

Luck of the stump

Whittle the Wood participants choose timber for carving competition

John Clay drove from Beulah to Craig for this week's Whittle the Wood Rendezvous competition.

Flag Day celebrated on Breeze St.

The American flags were flapping in the wind down the length of Breeze Street on Wednesday. It was as much a tribute to Flag Day as it was a normal day on a patriotic street.

Marcia car turns 100

Chamber plans ceremony to honor landmark

The fixed gaze of American business legend and county namesake David H. Moffat greets visitors to one of Craig's most historic landmarks, the Marcia Car.

Datebook for June 15

Death: Ruby Wright

County declares scorched fire in the west a 'disaster area'

Cold front, suppression efforts holding fire at bay

Scorched land in western Moffat County, which 100 firefighters and 80 support staff continue to battle, has been declared a disaster area by the county commissioners.

Wildfire covers 3,700 acres

Crews continue to battle blaze near Greystone in western Moffat County

Fire officials warn that high winds, hot temperatures and dry plants are a recipe for wildfires.

Tuesday, June 13

Remember always

Family memorializes stillborn child with new tree

A grieving local woman has added a new feature to the north bank of the Lil' Rascals Pond, a tribute to a grandson who was taken from this world far too soon.

Blotter foor June 12

Wildfire covers 3,000 acres

Crews continue to battle blaze near Greystone in western Moffat County

Fire officials warn that high winds, hot temperatures and dry plants are a recipe for wildfires.

Craig girl named 'Celebrity Bat Kid'

Katia Voloshin experienced a Rockies baseball game Saturday that went far beyond a typical visit to the ballpark.

Growing pains

Sailors win in battle of young baseball teams

The Craig and Steam�--boat Springs American Legion baseball teams are undergoing a youth movement this summer. The growing pains and inconsistencies for both teams were prevalent in the two games they played in the span of seven days.

'Absolutely unbelievable'

Sculptors transform wood stumps into art

A chainsaw in the hands of a madman is deadly. In the hands of an artist, it's spellbinding.

Our View: Enemies abound

It was a quarter past six on a quiet Wednesday evening when a missile launched by U.S. military forces shredded through an isolated and unassuming house in a remote region of Iraq, killing one of America's most feared enemies.

Datebook for June 14

Briefs for June 14

Ready to rescue

Moffat County Search and Rescue looking for volunteers

With the river boating and tubing season under way, Moffat County Search and Rescue is preparing their volunteers for a quick response to the scene.

Council approves land lease

The Craig City Council on Tuesday night a lease agreement between the Colorado River Water Conservation District and the city to lease a portion of Elkhead Reservoir property to the state's division of parks and outdoor recreation for public recreational purposes.

Commission approves bid for airport construction project

The Moffat County Com�--mission on Tuesday approved spending more than a half-million dollars to improve the apron at the Craig Municipal Airport.

Monday, June 12

Facing the mourning

Support group to help families cope with loss of loved ones

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a lonely and difficult time, a local bereavement counselor said. And a support group can be a valuable tool to help people cope with their feelings of loss, she said.

Last call

Liquor store closing after 34 years of business

For 34 years, Roy Southard has been operating the Cork and Bottle Shop at 402 E. Victory Way, selling spirits and beer to a mostly drive-through public. In July, Roy's life will change forever as he locks the door behind him for the last time.

Paul Arthur Davidson

Paul Arthur Davidson died June 2, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. He was born in Craig on March 11, 1939.

Marleece M. Frericks

Marleece M. Frericks, a resident of Douglas, Wyo., died Friday, June 9, 2006, at her home.

Rodney Gerloff and family: Family says thanks to community for help

To the editor: I would like to take a moment to say thank you to several members of the community. My family and I were involved in a vehicle accident May 28, just south of Hamilton at Highway 13 and Moffat County Road 41.

Speak up for June 13

I was terribly disappointed after attending several graduation parties to find only one out of five did not serve alcohol. After the recent death of one of our teens this spring due to alcohol, I was that hopeful more parents would take the high road and be a better example for our children.

Police blotter for June 13

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, June 8 No report.

Tyler Gage SanFratello

Brooke Archibeque and Tim SanFratello of Craig announce the birth of their son, Tyler Gage SanFratello, at 9:36 p.m. June 9, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Josef Heston Planansky

Christene and Nicholas Planansky of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Josef Heston Planansky, at 5:31 a.m. June 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Schneider-Ott

Doug and Theresa Schneider, of Craig, and Richard and Evelyn Ott, of Meeker, announce the engagement of their children, Amanda Lynn Schneider and Tyrone Richard Ott.

Class teaches parents love and logic

Parenting can be tough.

Charles C. Ellsworth

Charles C. (Chuck) Ellsworth died April 28, 2006, at the Veteran's Nursing Home in Rifle. In his later years, Chuck suffered from Alzheimer's, but he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He turned 81 on March 4.

News briefs for June 13

Researchers seeking participants for study Adolescents 'n Children Helping Others Through Research, in conjunction with Marianne Warboldt, M.D., is conducting a clinical study designed to help recognize and diagnose adolescent schizophrenia.

'Together, we can do more'

After-school programs consider merging to help children

Statistics show that the majority of teen pregnancy and vandalism occur between 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays, a time when children often are left home alone because their parents are at work.

Datebook for June 13

Today 9 to 9:30 a.m. Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes free food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Maybell Community Center. Call 824-8282 for certification requirements.

Sunday, June 11

Two fast

Rookie takes second win at speedway

Either H.D. Craig is a good teacher or Nick Craig is a naturally talented driver.

PepsiCo employee receives award

A Craig man recently received worldly recognition from his employer, PepsiCo.

Steamboat building reputation as golfing destination

Steamboat's reputation as a world-class ski resort has drawn skiers to Northwest Colorado for decades.

Heavy snows promise best stream fishing in five years

Downtown Steamboat Springs offers guilt-free trout fishing trips.

Kayak Destination

Dedicated local kayakers like Chan Zwanzig have one thought for folks who think Ski Town USA is merely a winter destination that can only boast fluffy powder.

Welcome to Northwest Colorado -- now take a hike

Hiking opportunities abound in Northwest Colorado. Besides the miles of trails and acres of open public lands to be explored, hikers can find an exciting range of wilderness environments -- including Alpine tundra, rivers and creeks, lush forests and desert canyons.

Prime hunting territory

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

Biking booming across Northwest Colorado

Biking -- be it on a paved road or a mountain trail -- is one of the most popular recreation activities in Northwest Colorado.

Craig's heritage

Camping, hiking near Craig

If you're looking for a secluded place to enjoy a hike or camping trip, Freeman Reservoir and Black Mountain might be what you're looking for.

Whittle the Wood attracts international attention

When the historic cottonwoods shading Craig City Park began to deteriorate several years ago, the Craig Parks and Recreation Department decided to leave the tree stumps for local artists to decorate with elaborate carvings.

Rifle retains small-town feel as it grows

Rifle is the closest access to Interstate 70 for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and considered by some as the gateway to Northwest Colorado.

Get your dirt bikes running

The Yampa Valley Sportsman's Rider Club provides a unique opportunity for dirt bike enthusiasts in Northwest Colorado.

A classic event in Meeker

Meeker is the place to be the first week of September for the 20th annual Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials.

Triple Crown jewel of Steamboat summer

Triple Crown Sports and Steamboat Springs have been partners for 23 years.

A Steamboat Staple: free concerts

The Steamboat Springs Free Concert Series has become a favorite summer venue for visitors as well as locals.

Running and jogging with the mountains all around you

Scenic mountain peaks, lush aspen groves and raging streams and creeks serve as the backdrop for many runs in Northwest Colorado.

Much to shout about in South Routt

Like a bear buried in snow during the winter, summertime is when South Routt comes out to play.

A top draw of Steamboat: Summer Rodeo

The Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series is a 10-week production, but the revolving cast of characters guarantees a different show each week.

Cascading falls welcome visitors, hikers

One of the most popular hiking spots in the area is accessible off Steamboat's main drag.

Museums educates visitors about area

Sure, outdoor recreation is abundant in Northwest Colorado. Hunting, hiking and fishing opportunities are everywhere.

Treading through time

From mining to skiing to ranching, Routt County has a rich heritage.

Explore the Flat Tops

A trip to Trappers Lake in the White River National Forest two hours south of Steamboat Springs will allow hikers to explore a singular mountain range in Colorado -- The Flat Tops, home of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and the largest elk herd in the state.

Raising the next generation of rancher

Villard family has been producing sheep since 1934

Albert and Melody Villard are not only raising the next generation of sheep on their ranch, they're also bringing up the next generation of sheep ranchers. Albert Villard knows quite a bit about sheep. He learned from his father, who learned from his father. The Villards have had a continuous land lease in Northwest Colorado since 1934, spanning three generations of sheep ranchers.

Mount Werner: for summer leisure

Sipping martinis while watching the sun set is among the many ways to enjoy the summer at Mount Werner.

Dinosaur: more than just bones

Dinosaur may only have about 320 people, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do in the tiny town in western Moffat County.

Bring on the tubes

Of the many things there are to do during a Yampa Valley summer, perhaps the most quintessential is maneuvering an inner tube down the mighty Yampa River.

Fun comes in waves

The Craig Swimming Complex is a popular children's attraction because it boasts one of only two wave pools on the Western Slope.

Health and Recreation Center features water slide, pools

After a brief logrolling demonstration at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, the center decided to add the obscure water sport to the long list of activities the center provides all year.

Strings features cultural music on an intimate level

Strings in the Mountains Music Festival is celebrating its 19th year of bringing exceptional music to Steamboat Springs. Strings will offer 70 concerts this summer showcasing 170 musicians who can entertain every musical taste.

Kremmling is the place to be in summer.

Whether it be laser shows projected on rocky cliffs, cliff golfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or four-wheeling, Kremmling has it covered.

Legion team learning what it takes

To the typical observer, the Moffat County American Leg�--ion baseball team's 5-3, 13-3 losses to Evergreen on Saturday were a sign of baseball team struggling. To coach Rich Sad�--var, they meant a lot more.

Northwest Colorado is a camper's paradise

Whether you like to car camp or backpack out to a remote location, there are a wide variety of camping experiences available in the five-county Northwest Colorado area.

New 4-H leader at work

Long search for agent ends with Craig resident's hiring

After nearly 10 months of searching, Moffat County has a new Colorado State University 4-H agent.

News briefs for June 12

Federal agencies release map of energy corridors The U.S. Department of Energy, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Defense are preparing a document meant to identify the impacts of designating corridors on federal land.

Datebook for June 12

Today 4 p.m. The Craig Poetry Group will meet at the Bookstore at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The public is invited for an hour of local poetry. Call Cheryl Miller at 824-3990.

Vegas, baby

Pool players compete for trip to America's playground

Every year, the American Poolplayers Association hosts a national tournament in Las Vegas. On Sunday, four local teams vied for a spot in that tournament.

In for a penny, in for a pound

Currency dealer's hobby evolves into a career

Jim Everett had a gun holstered to his side Saturday afternoon.

Fun and done

Despite smaller crowds than usual, circus leaves residents with bundle of smiles

As the sun set on the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Sunday, the fun that was the Jordan World Circus came to an end.

Dos Amigos

With a team of award-winning chefs shaping the menu, and a recently remodeled dining room to showcase their talents, Dos Amigos is moving into a new era as it continues to provide one of the most rewarding Mexican dining experiences in Steamboat.

Wet and Wild: Raft the river

The 430 inches of snow that fell on the Steamboat Ski Area last winter produced many memorable powder days, but now that it's summer, rafting enthusiasts are still reaping the benefits.

Hot springs offer slice of heaven

Nothing beats a dip in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs after a hard day of skiing, but visitors will find plenty of reasons to come back in the summer, too.

Botanic park offers serenity

If you visit the Yampa River Botanic Park once, chances are you will return again and again.

2006 events

What's happening this summer?

Friday, June 9

Mayor: Recycling center to stay open

The city of Craig recycling center, a successful program approaching its one-year anniversary, is in no danger of closing.

Training to save lives

A group of public servants recently spent several days on the Green River practicing for a rescue they hope they'll never have to perform.

Datebook for June 10

Today 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moffat County Habitat for Humanity has a workday at the first Craig project home, 745 Yampa Ave. Call Greg Smith at 824-4020.

Briefs for June 10

The Colorado Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with the Northwest Colorado Outfitters Association, is sponsoring "Ladies Cast and Blast" from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m July 15. The event will take place at the Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area's Sleepy Cat Entrance.

Rhishelle Ann and Rhiannon Rae Fabian

Chelsea Zimmerman and Kameron Fabian announce the birth of their twin daughters, Rhishelle Ann, and Rhiannon Rae, on February 23, 2006, at MeKee Medical Center in Loveland.

Police blotter for June 10

Michael E. Vail, 31, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant for burglary.

CMS staff profile: Lowa Shultz

What is your job title: Physical education teacher Number of years in profession: 28 years

More to the story

Former Bulldog spends final days as a new father

The obituary reads "Kortney is survived by his wife, Melissa, and his son, Kenzy Lex Lake." It doesn't start to tell the story of 25-year-old Kortney Lake's last weeks.

Raising the next generation of rancher

Albert and Melody Villard are not only raising the next generation of sheep on their ranch, they're also bringing up the next generation of sheep ranchers.

Carol Wilson: Grand Olde West Days a success to celebrate

Two weeks has streaked past since the Memorial Weekend events that we call Grand Olde West Days were celebrated. A group of events this size simply cannot happen without the input, cooperation and participation of hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations.

Ballot box bargain

Maybell applies for grant to keep voting center

By applying for a state grant to pay for necessary renovations to its voting center, the town of Maybell is attempting to cement its ability to practice democracy locally.

Cackler-Bebout

Louis E. and Sharon Smith and JR Rowley announce the engagement of their daughter Tina S. Cackler to Curtis W. Bebout, both of Craig.

Ranch: Lawsuit allegations false

Vermillion Ranch owners deny claims made by Chilean workers

The owners of a cattle ranch in northwest Moffat County issued a statement Thursday denying claims in a federal lawsuit alleging they violated fair labor practices to immigrant workers.

Our View: Rain, rain, don't go away

The thunder that rolled through Craig on Friday was likely music to area farmers' ears.

School's in for summer

Students, teachers have extra opportunity to learn

There was no hesitation from Andi Beeter when she was asked why she is in summer school.

Thursday, June 8

Suicide prevention training leaders seeking participants

Fifteen area residents have signed up for a two-day training session next week, which will focus on educating the public about suicide and prevention.

Keith C. Gillam Jr., 1978-2006

Keith C. Gillam Jr. was born on Nov. 27, 1978, in Craig, to Keith and Agnes (Lampe) Gillam. He was raised and attended school in Craig.

Police blotter for June 9

Kristi Lynne Martinez, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

Moffat County Neighbor: Greg Jones

Age: 23 Occupation: Computer network technician Place of birth: Craig

Swinging for the fun of it

Junior golf clinic all about having a good time

He might not have the terminology exactly right, but four-year-old Luke Pleasant was definitely excited about his experience during Thursday's Yampa River Junior Golf Clinic.

Datebook for June 9

Moffat Family Clinic, 600 Russell St., offers free sports physicals for Moffat County, Hayden and Baggs student athletes through Aug. 10. Call 824-3252.

Hayden man dies in crash

A 39-year-old Hayden man died Wednesday night when he was thrown from the vehicle he was driving after losing control of it on a dirt road.

Regional connection

Forums aimed at bringing valley together will resume

"Oil and gas boom in the West" ... "Town of Hayden adopts community master plan" ... "Housing prices on the rise" ... "Methamphetamine use a social services crisis." As recent headlines from areas newspapers attest, things are happening in the Yampa Valley. And, now that a discussion series organized by a local nonprofit group has concluded, work is beginning to better understand those issues and their effects on local communities.

Applejacks expected to open this month

Mike Durner and Bob Edwards plans to open the doors to Applejacks Bar and Grill, a family-oriented restaurant, later this month.

Christina Currie: The simple life

I'm a big fan of the "Love Logic concept of parenting." It's just so ... logical. There's only one problem -- I have a 4-year-old and 5-year-old who aren't.

'Their lives in my hands'

Lifeguards say summer job is fun, rewarding and even scary

They may look like they're working on their tans, but lifeguards at Craig Swimming Complex are trained to have a watchful eye.

Wednesday, June 7

The cost of conservation

City may eliminate recycling program

By recycling instead of discarding unwanted plastic and paper Wednesday morning, Craig resident Joyce Balleck did her daily good deed for the environment.

Meth suspect gets probation

Man charged with methaphematine distribution accepts plea deal

A methamphetamine distribution trial that was scheduled for this summer has been averted, the prosecutor in the case said Wednesday.

Loyd W. Bourdette, 1930-2006

Loyd W. Bourdette, 76, of Dinosaur, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was born on April 9, 1930, in Jensen, Utah, the son of Willis E. and Thelma L. Harper Bourdette.

Kortney L. Lake, 1981-2006

Alamosa resident and former Craig resident Mr. Kortney L. Lake, 25, died June 5, 2006, at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. He was born March 24, 1981, in Kanab, Utah.

Renee Jovie Brookshire

Riley James and Ashley Renee Brookshire announce the birth of their daughter, Renee Jovie Brookshire, at 2:31 a.m. May 30, 2006, at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar.

Briefs for June 8

From the 1955 double-die to the 1757 Quaker Peace Medal, coins and currency of all shapes, sizes and values will be for sale at the third annual Coin & Currency Show.

Softball teams packing the park

Coed, men's leagues have grown since last year

As registration came in for the Craig Softball Association's summer softball league this spring, it became clear that the parking lot at Loudy-Simpson was going to be packed during the weeknights this summer.

Al-Zarqawi dead

Most wanted terrorist in Iraq killed in pinpoint airstrike

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safehouse, officials said Thursday. His death was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.

Police blotter for June 8

Virginia Jolene Morris, 33, of Whitewater, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Catherine Vatalaro: Suspects innocent until proven guilty

I'm writing this letter in response to a letter printed on June 5 sent in from Dale Becker. What gets me in the pit of my stomach is the fact that you don't even know Mr. (Troy) Neal, or the facts in his case, but yet you assume he is guilty and ready to throw away the key.

Jennifer Albert: Thanks for free bowling cards

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Beryl Dschaak, of Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, for generously donating free bowling cards to all Moffat County School District students.

Fish fiesta

Maybe if they catch a fish with a local cop, area children will be more comfortable around police. At least that's the hope behind next week's fourth annual Cops and Kids Fishing Day.

Freddie M. White Blevins, 1913-2006

Freddie M. White Blevins was born on July 20, 1913, in Craig, to Ralph and Pearl (Aiken) White. She was raised and attended school in Craig, where she graduated from High School. She then attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music for two years, where she received a certificate in music.

Laws encourage teens to take driver's ed

At 15, many teenagers go through a rite of passage -- learning to drive. New state laws are making a passing grade more difficult to attain, with increased driving hours and more steps required to get behind the wheel.

Gordon L. Cross

Graveside services for Gordon L. Cross are at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Craig Cemetery.

James Mansfield

James Mansfield, former Craig resident, died Wednesday at his home in Grand Junction. Services are pending with Grant Mort�--uary.

Datebook for June 8

9 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets for its annual book selection and potluck luncheon at Marian Simons' home, 544 W. Sixth Ave. Call Simons at 824-7368.

Tuesday, June 6

Police blotter for June 7

Andy Eugene Seltzer, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving with a restricted license.

Gale Denise Kulik, 1959-2006

Gale Denise Kulik, born March 10, 1959 in Phoenix, died Monday June 5, 2006 in an Alabama hospital.

Our View: Illegal legislation?

Congress is not focused on the nation's most important issues.

Bulldogs getting a head start

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team didn't miss a beat in its first tournament of the summer.

Sports briefs for June 7

The Moffat County High School rodeo team finished the normal season with a trip to Rocky Ford during the weekend. The three-day rodeo was the last before the Colorado State High School Rodeo Finals from June 22 to 25.

Dawn Bolstad: Spanish pages are a useful community tool

This is in reference to a request by Rob Sexton that the Craig Daily Press refrain from publishing the Spanish portion of our newspaper. Apparently, Mr. Sexton is only able to learn a language when he is abroad. I, on the other hand, am capable of learning about languages, cultures and respect in every environment, including Craig. I am grateful to the Daily Press for increasing my Spanish comprehension with its insert.

Carson and Patty Shephard: Thank you for giving to project graduation

We would like to thank all of you for donating to the Little Snake River Valley Project Graduation. We feel that with donations like yours, you help keep our young adults safe and out of trouble.

Suicide prevention group meets Thursday

Yampa Valley averages one suicide per month, a staggering number when compared to the population, suicide prevention coordinator Sara Ross said.

Drug defendant sentenced to probation

A judge Tuesday sentenced a Craig woman arrested in a November drug raid to one year of probation on marijuana charges.

Briefs for June 7

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a membership tea on Saturday. The meeting will be at the VFW post, 419 E. Victory Way, between 1 and 3 p.m.

Help wanted

Summer creates a robust job market in the Yampa Valley

Anyone looking for work is likely to find something in the local listings. From X-ray technicians to line-cooks, the job market is full of potential careers.

A stand against cancer

They are taking their lemons and making lemonade. Literally. Local cancer survivors are offering free lemonade in exchange for community donations at a festival this month.

Circus time for Craig

Cotton candy and clowns: two things that aren't usually associated with Craig. But this weekend, for one night only, residents will have just when the circus comes to town.

Datebook for June 7

Today Noon. The Red Hat Society luncheon is at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. All chapter members are invited. Take a covered dish and a drink. Call Toni at 824-2259 or Jaci at 272-3253.

Real estate transactions

Buyer: Timothy A. and Beverly L. Gibbs Seller: James E. Petty Property description: 2908 Pinon Circle Sale price: $240,000

Monday, June 5

Datebook for June 6

Today 8 a.m. The Yampa River Junior Golf Association's junior golf clinic is at Yampa Valley Golf Course for golfers ages 5 to 8. It continues throughout the day for older golfers.

VNA receives a record $100K gift

John and Mary Jo Boler, homeowners at Sidney Peak Ranch in Steamboat Springs, donated $100,000 to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association for the Aging Well Program and the Community Center project at The Haven Assisted Living Facility.

Craig's cadets

As one woman leaves Air Force Academy, another arrives

The end of the school year means a changing of the guard at the United States Air Force Academy for two of Craig's premier students.

Chilean workers file lawsuit, say Dickinson family exploited them

The owners of a massive cattle ranch in northwest Moffat County forced Chilean guest workers to work despite serious injuries and withheld workers' pay, a civil suit filed last week alleges.

Steven Len Robinson, 1971-2006

Steven Len Robinson of Craig died May 31, 2006 in Wyoming in the Red Desert because of an oil rig-related accident. He was 35.

Gavin Joseph-James Barrett

Haven Barrett and Jessica Noble of Craig announce the birth of their son, Gavin Joseph-James Barrett, born at 8:41 p.m. June 2, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Samantha Brooke Herring

Jonathon and Caitlin Herring of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Brooke Herring, at 5:42 a.m. June 1, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Zoey Genesis Richardson

Steve Richardson and Mari Scullion of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Zoey Genesis Richardson, born at 8:55 p.m. June 2, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Ward-Baldwin

Caryn Ward and Michael Baldwin were married Friday, June 2, 2006, at Riverside Baptist Church in Miami. A reception followed at the Dadeland Marriott and was attended by nearly 200 guests. For the honeymoon, the couple is traveling in Spain and will continue to a Mediterranean cruise. The couple met at Miami Killian Senior High School and were high school sweethearts.

Police blotter for June 6

Jesse David Aragon, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vicki Huyser: Stealing decorations is unacceptable

I think most, if not all, of you are familiar with Happy Bear (a carved wooden bear on Sixth Street). For the past two years, I have been helping the DeuPrees dress Happy for various special occasions. I do this because it brings them great joy.

Authority awarded $8,000 after Sunset Meadows review

A near-perfect building inspection and efficient management at Sunset Meadows II has earned the Moffat County Housing Authority an award of about $8,000, the authority's director said Monday.

Police: Man threatened wife

Police arrested a Rifle man Friday after they say he tried to kick down his wife's door and threatened to hurt another man.

Police say they found drugs in car

A Craig man had marijuana, a digital scale and plastic baggies in his car when he was arrested Sunday, police said.

Runners compete in Steamboat Marathon

Four runners from Craig competed in the 10K on Sunday at the Steamboat Marathon. All four finished in the top third of the race, which had 396 finishers.

Library kicks off summer reading program

Free toys and books aside, the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries' summer reading program is all about getting people to read.

Sunday, June 4

His final journey

HBO to document former Marine's trip home after fatal injuries in Iraq

When Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael Strobl volunteered to escort the body of 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps back to Dubois, Wyo., for burial, he was unaware that the experience would inspire him to write a touching tribute about Phelps' final journey.

Kids hooked on Huck Finn Day

Youths learn the art and simplicity of fishing at event

Although not yet 3 years old, Hunter Parfrey can count himself as an accomplished fisherman.

News briefs for June 5

Humane Society taking calendar contest entries The Humane Society of Moffat County is accepting entries for the 2007 PetMates Calendar contest. Twelve winning pets will be featured in the calendar.

Dale Beck: Officials need to give harsher meth sentences

To the editor: I lived in Moffat County for 22 of my 52 years of life. My parents moved there when I was 4 years old. I was raised there and completed my K-12 education.

Datebook for June 5

Today The Moffat County Libraries summer reading program, Paws Claws, Scales and Tales begins today and continues through July 22. The program is free for children of all ages. Call 824-5116.

Brandon Johansson: No news is good news on gas front

When gas prices started to climb in April, it wasn't hard to imagine prices well over $3 per gallon by the time June rolled around.

Tacky track key to solid drive

Speedway racers tackle mud Saturday night

When racing on a muddy track, drivers say it's good to have a tacky surface to keep the car on the road.

Golf tournament brings state legislators to Craig

Legislators from across the state descended on Craig for the TW Invitational Golf Tour�--nament and Banquet on Saturday.

Starting with stepping stones

New Grand Futures Prevention Coalition director plans to reach out to area youths

Three years ago, Craig resident Chad Kiniston said goodbye to his mother, who passed away from a rare form of cancer.

Eagle eyes

Bird watching enthusiasts flock together to watch area wildlife

From the muddy banks of the Yampa River, a flock of cliff swallows danced Saturday morning in a swirl of motion, much to the awe of area wildlife enthusiasts.

Friday, June 2

Bike chase reaches 150 mph

A Wyoming man led police on a 54-mile chase Thursday, his BMW motorcycle hitting speeds of more than 150 mph as he weaved in and out of traffic, Colorado State Patrol said.

Craig's 'Da Vinci Code' controversy

"The Da Vinci Code" has met its fair share of contention, both locally and globally.

Local health care workers train for bird flu outbreak

If a picture says a thousand words, then the last photo shown Friday in veterinarian Kristy Pabilonia's presentation on avian flu illustrates what many health care professionals are trying to prevent.

Donnie R. Glispy

Breslin--Hampton

Jill Marie Adamek

Blotter for June 3

Out of the ball game

Watch a youth softball game, and you'll see a group of children on the field laughing and joking, and just having a good time.

Retirees put in 2 centuries of work

During the summer, Lowa Shultz spends time planting flowers and plants around the house. She also helps her husband run the family painting business, Paint Dabbers. Now, she'll have more time to do both.

Commissioner meeting changed

Moffat County commissioners will not have a regular meeting Tuesday morning.

GymStar shoots for success

It's not often that the words, "How much do you bench press?" come out of the mouth of a girl. But those words came from one of the advanced gymnasts of GymStar Fun 'n' Fit Gymnastics.

From the Pressbox: Director of the year

Considering I'm paid to go to sporting events, I may not be properly qualified to comment on job difficulty. But with Moffat County Athletic Director Jim Loughran retiring this week, I'm going to give it a shot.

Rethinking warfare

Craig native wins student award for exploring threat of cyber attacks

Computers are quickly becoming an important weapon in the arsenal of foreign powers.

Datebook for June 3

Thursday, June 1

One year out

Elkhead Reservoir construction on track for 2007 opening

By this time next year, outdoor enthusiasts likely will be enjoying Elkhead Reservoir's resources again.

Jason Allan Heid

Becky and Perk Heid, of Clark, announce the birth of their son, Jason Allan Heid, at 12:48 p.m. May 24, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

News briefs for June 2

Kum & Go launches 'Go Crew' summer promotion Drivers shouldn't be alarmed if they pull up to a Kum & Go this summer and a red-clad person jumps out with squeegee in hand.

Datebook for June 2

Today 5 p.m. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a community meeting titled "Avian Influenza: Preparedness in 2006" in the platinum conference room in the basement of The Memorial Hospital. Call the VNA at 824-8233.

Sheriff candidate's petitions certified

August primary ballot taking shape

Moffat County Republicans will decide between two candidates for sheriff on August's primary ballot, election officials said this week.

Craig Assembly members go on mission to Mexico

Next week marks the ninth year that members of Craig Assembly of God travel to Mexico.

Christina M. Currie: Sugar shock

It's 7:30 p.m. Monday night, and I'm wondering, "How can so many people be SO-OOO wrong?"

JoAnn Marlotte: Parents, teachers should teach etiquette

To the editor: My family has been coming to Craig since the early 1990s, and we have attended many Grand Old West Days events.

Police blotter for June 2

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, May 31 No bookings reported.

Moffat County Neighbor: Zach Drew

Zach Drew Age: 17 Occupation: Unemployed

Crane traps driver at Colowyo

Fire crews extract man in 36 minutes

A 22-ton crane at Colowyo Coal Co. tipped over Thursday morning, trapping the driver for more than 30 minutes while rescue crews worked to extract him.

Tractor pull

Breathing life into once-proud machines is the allure for power club members

For art collectors, it's the Mona Lisa. For baseball card enthusiasts, it's the $1 million Honus Wagner tobacco card. Motorcyclists dig the 1948 Indian.