Stories for March 2006


Friday, March 31

State could give locals raises

Legislation on its way to Gov. Owens

Both houses of the state legislature passed a bill recently that would give substantial raises to county officials.

This old house

1930s home to be demolished for water plant expansion

Many Craig residents likely have never seen the house by the Yampa River, hidden behind all the tall pine trees.

Craig man dies in rollover

A Craig man is dead after a one-vehicle rollover accident on the road leading to Yampa Valley Golf Course at about 5 p.m. Saturday.

April Education Calendar

Monday, April 3 6 p.m. Parent Advisory Council meeting in the Moffat County High School library.

Going national

High school choir members headed to Boston to perform

Moffat County High School choir director Noelle Winn's chamber and jazz choirs have their work cut out for them this spring.

Carlos Cabrera: Important to know about hospital

Thank you Dr. Crane for telling our community through the Daily Press what is going on with the Memorial Hospital.

Our View: Ready to lead

George Rohrich, The Memorial Hospital's new administrator, stepped into a controversy. He assumed the post Monday and walked into a staff besieged by arguments, a hunger strike and a night spent camping on the hospital lawn.

Police Blotter for April 1

Craig Police Department Thursday, March 30 Officers received an animal complaint. Officers received a report of child abuse. Officers received a report of a hit-and-run accident. Officers received a report of trespass.

Briefs for April 1

The Moffat and Routt counties farm bureaus are having a motor carrier safety and regulatory seminar at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Colorado State University Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St.

Datebook for April 1

Today 9 a.m. The Moffat County chapter of the Routt County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has a workday at Craig's first project home, 745 Yampa Ave. Volunteers are welcome. Call Greg Smith at 824-4020.

Richard Haslem: Charge $5 camping fee for hospital lawn

Since it has recently become popular to camp out on the lawn of the hospital, perhaps a $5-per-night camping fee should be charged. Maybe the money collected could be used to help build the new hospital. Just a thought.

Board of education evaluates budget

Budget issues were a topic of discussion at Thursday's meeting of the Moffat County School District Board of Education.

Hunting license applications due Tuesday

The upcoming fishing season may be the focus right now for area sportsmen and women. But if outdoors enthusiasts don't want to miss out on the fall's hunting season, they need to apply for a license by Tuesday.


Randy and Renee Chason, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaci LeeAnn Chason, to Jesse Lee Doolin, of Craig, the son of Teresa Maneotis and John Doolin, also of Craig.

Change is good for smoke detector battery

Craig Fire/Rescue Captain Dennis Jones has gone into burning homes where the smoke detector is beeping loudly, and the residents have safely evacuated.

Rodeo team about family, fun

Sarah Fleming is doing her best to savor her last year of high school rodeo. She's also trying to make sure her brother soaks up every moment of his freshman year of rodeo.

Thursday, March 30


Bernie and Judy Espinoza of Craig and Mike Kuta, of Hotchkiss, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Rachel Marie Kuta, to Jesse Green, son of Dave and Jody Owens, of Craig, and Sharon and the late Richard Green, of Craig.

NC Telecom deal unclear

Moffat County's future with NC Telecom is up in the air after a special commissioners meeting Thursday, scheduled to discuss the troubled telecom company.

Datebook for March 31

Saturday, April 1 9 a.m. Moffat County chapter of the Routt County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has a workday at Craig's first project home, 745 Yampa Ave. Volunteers are welcome. Call Greg Smith at 824-4020.

Police Blotter for March 31

Craig Police Department Wednesday, March 29 Officers received a report of a burglary. Officers received a report of property damage. Officers received a child abuse complaint. Officers responded to a 911 hang-up. Officers received a report of harassment. Officers received a trespass complaint. Officers issued a citation for a noise complaint.

Moffat County basketball teams: Thanks for support of basketball team

Thanks for support of basketball team

Bull sale April 8 in Hayden

Local cattle producers will have a chance to bid on quality bulls without leaving the Yampa Valley April 8 when the North Western Colorado Bull Sale returns to the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.


Annette Gianinetti and Bob Dunckley were married at Makena Surf, Maui, Hawaii, on March 2, 2006. A celebration of this union will take place May 6, 2006, in Craig, hosted by Gerald and Roberta Culverwell.

Domestic dispute leads to standoff

A Moffat County man fired a gunshot into his ceiling and barricaded himself in his bedroom for 90 minutes late Wednesday night, sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

Drug suspect arrested after deportation

A month after being deported to Mexico, a Craig woman is back in Moffat County Jail on drug charges after authorities say she snuck into the U.S.

Briefs for March 31

The Craig Rotary Club is offering two all-expense-paid five-day leadership training sessions this summer for Craig youths. These programs help build confidence and leadership skills.

TMH to purchase CT scanner

Deeming it "cost-effective," The Memorial Hospital board of trustees unanimously approved Wednesday purchasing a computed tomography scanner rather than continuing to lease the machine.

Bass fishing group started

Local anglers start chapter of national organization, looking for members

Steve Drake and Don Eriksen spend their days working at the Craig Station power plant. When the weekend comes, their minds turn to their real passion -- bass fishing.

Mike Sheehan

Mike Sheehan, of Baggs, Wyo., died Tuesday at his home. A funeral is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Little Snake River School. Interment will follow in Reader Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Little Snake River Ambulance in care of Grant Mortuary.


Mr. and Mrs. Will Montieth, of Hayden, announce the engagement of their daughter, Janey, to Kyle Kostur, son of Skip and Bev Kostur, of Craig.

Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez, of Craig, died Thursday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Calvin McFarland

Calvin McFarland, of Thayne, Wyo., a former Craig resident, died near Cokeville, Wyo., on Wednesday. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Sunday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in Craig Cemetery.

Catholic church, one year after pope's death

Pope John Paul II's death a year ago -- April 2, 2005 -- left many Roman Catholics expecting that their church would take an even harder, more conservative line if the College of Cardinals picked early favorite Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the next pontiff.

Big losers

Local Weight Watchers group meets goal of losing one ton in 11 months

Here's the skinny on the local Weight Watchers group.

Moffat County Neighbor: Bo Lyons

Bo Lyons Age: 26 Occupation: Auto body painter Place of birth: Craig

The main events

Girls track team's increased depth will help results

Last year, Anna Herring's options during intervals at track practice were limited. Either she tried to hang with the boys, or she ran by herself.

Wednesday, March 29

606 grams of meth

Police seized 630 percent more of the drug in 2005 than in 2004

The good news: Craig Police Department officers seized 606 grams of methamphetamine from local dealers in 2005, an increase of 630 percent from the year before. The bad news: There's no telling how much of the "walk-away drug" comes in and out of the community undetected.

Golf course opening makes spring official

Sean Smith had been anticipating the "ding" of graphite on plastic all winter. He didn't even mind that his first golf shot of 2006 at Yampa Valley Golf Course was way, way right.

Hockey players head for Alps

Four Craig boys take their passion, and gear, to Switzerland

Before this year, Scott Smith knew little about Switzerland. This year, he has learned a little bit, and soon, he'll know a lot.

Families: Generosity appreciated at time of mom's death

Thank you just doesn't seem adequate for the generosity and kindness shown to our family upon the passing of our mom and grandmother, Marietta Thompson Glantz.

Police Blotter for March 30

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, March 28 Gabriela Monrreal, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Makayla Lu Iacovetto

Jerad Iacovetto and Lane Cullen-Iacovetto, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Makayla Lu Iacovetto at 10:13 p.m. March 22, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Dustin Evan Johnson

Shane Johnson and Shanna Toft-Johnson of Craig announce the birth of their son, Dustin Evan Johnson, at 6:46 p.m. March 18, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.


O. Marion and Katherine Jones celebrate their 73rd anniversary from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. Everyone is invited. The family asks for no gifts.

Meeting set to discuss NC Telecom

Moffat County commissioners will host a special meeting this morning to discuss the NC Telecom bankruptcy.

Crane asked to resign

Four physicians ask chief of staff for resignation

Dr. Michael Crane, chief of staff at The Memorial Hospital, lobbed pointed allegations at hospital administrators and members of the board of trustees at a board meeting Wednesday evening.

Ian Ronald Miller

Scotty and Sharmane Miller of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Ian Ronald Miller, at 3:22 p.m. March 24, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat.

Datebook for March 30

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time is at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The theme is Van Gogh's colors. Call 824-5116.

BLM offers 200K acres for lease

Endangered ferret's habitat could be drilled on

The Bureau of Land Man�--age�--ment announced this week that it will offer 196,000 acres in Colorado for oil and gas development, 115,000 of which are in Moffat County.

County to face higher septic bills

When Action Drain Services owner David Teeter left the Craig City Council meeting on Feb. 28, he had given a hauler's viewpoint about septic waste treatment costs, and he thought the council would raise the rate from 1 1/2 cents to 4 cents a gallon.

Elaine DeuPree and family: Thank you

Thank you to all the friends who gathered with us to celebrate and say goodbye to Loyd DeuPree. We appreciate your outpouring of love and concern for us and the many kind thoughts you shared.

Tuesday, March 28

Autopsy: Leg wound killed Vigil

Mario Cruz Vigil died of a rifle blast to the thigh, an autopsy performed Tuesday showed.

Hard to let go

Debi Harmon says goodbye to dental clinic, clients

In late 2002, when the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition clinic was little more than an aspiration of compassionate community members, a young mother brought her 3-year-old daughter to Debi Harmon with a request. Will you help?

Raul "Paul" Ortega Tarango

Raul "Paul" Ortega Tarango, 77, of Grand Junction, passed away March 26, 2006, at Mantey Heights Rehabilitation Center with his family by his side.


Maynard (Mike) and Jill Adams of Bakersfield, Calif., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebekah Kay Adams, to Justin Cody Dove, son of Guy Wayne and Aletha Dove of Craig.

Police blotter for March 29

Deputies received a report of gunshots.

Bernie Rose: Power plant provides jobs, economic power

First, I would like to thank the Daily Press and Dan Olsen for the article in the Saturday paper.

Our View: The community's voice

Do you have something to say about a community issue?

Commissioners discuss telecom bankruptcy

Moffat County commissioners went into a 40-minute executive session Tuesday to discuss the NC Telecom bankruptcy filing.

Recycle old electronics at collection Saturday

Nearly anything can be taken to Saturday's electronics recycling event.

Baseball team splits doubleheader in Utah

The Moffat County baseball team earned its first loss of the season Monday, but don't expect it to bother them too much.

Council considers tougher stance

City may strengthen enforcement against junk, weeds

Code Enforcement Officer Becky Otis said the major complaint she receives is about junk vehicles. She said many people have old vehicles parked around their houses, and she's been warning some owners for three years to move the cars with no results.

Datebook for March 29

9 to 11 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes United States Department of Agriculture commodities at 595 Breeze St. Distribution in Dinosaur is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the social services building. Distribution in Maybell is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the community center. All households that receive commodities must be re-certified each year. Picture ID, proof of address and income or current eligibility are required. Call social services at 824-8282.

Girl Scouts: Thanks for supporting Girl Scout cookie sales

Thank you for publishing the dates and times for the Craig Girl Scout cookie booth sales. The published cookie information helped all of the troops have successful cookie booths. Thank you for being so supportive of the Girl Scouts.

Orchestra coming to Craig

Steamboat group brings Sounds of Spring on April 7

The sound of music will soon be in Craig. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra will perform its Sounds of Spring 2006 concert at 7 p.m. April 7 in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Officials praise road decision

Moffat County commissioners on Tuesday praised a recent decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior that they say adds clarity to an often-difficult debate about roads across public lands.

Monday, March 27

Keeping the doors open

American Legion seeking public usage for clubhouse

The banquet room facility at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse was exactly what Cherie Walker was looking for.

News briefs for March 28

Church planning fish fry St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 7.

Loyd E. DeuPree III

Loyd Elroy DeuPree III, or "Papa," as he was known to his 18 grandchildren, was born in 1927, one half-block north of The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He graduated from Craig High School in 1945. Thus began a lifetime of service and dedication to the people of Craig.

Raul O. "Paul" Tarango

Raul O. "Paul" Tarango, of Grand Junction, died Sunday, March 26, 2006. Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bethel Assembly of God in Grand Junction.

Police blotter for March 28

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, March 24 Kristy Dion Nelson, 38, of Lay, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving without insurance and with expired license plates.

Datebook for March 28

Today 6 p.m. The Craig/Moffat County Airport Advisory Board meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, in the conference room on the lower floor. Use the back entrance. For information, call Stephanie at 824-9141 or Ben at 824-9148.

Groups find uses for United Way allocations

Four days a week, Craig resident Lisa Oakley shuffles disabled residents back and forth between medical appointments and trips to the grocery store as part of her work with the Independent Life Center. Thanks to funds supplied by Moffat County United Way, another day soon will be added to Oakley's route.

Man kills home invader

Police say victim tried to attack resident and his son

A domestic dispute Sunday evening left a Moffat County man dead, shot twice by his former girlfriend's son in an incident police say was justifiable self-defense.

Speak up for March 28

Doctor acts 'childish' After reading the story about the doctor on a hunger strike and camping on the hospital lawn, I know that if any member of my family should need emergency care while he is on call, we'll be requesting another doctor to attend us.

Hospital official ends fast

Meetings reassure doctor 'progress' is being made after assault allegation

Dr. Michael Crane, chief of staff at The Memorial Hospital, ended his self-imposed three-and-a-half day fast Friday after he visited with prosecutors and police investigating his claim that another doctor allegedly assaulted him.

Sunday, March 26

Officials to discuss equipment

Clerk and Recorder's Office needs commissioners' approval for purchase

Moffat County commissioners will discuss equipment for the Clerk and Recorder's Office at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Building company getting a new home

Western Slope Builders Supply is building a new home.

Datebook for March 27

2 p.m. The AARP Craig Chapter No. 1418 will meet at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. March is Women's History month, and group members will share stories with one another. For more information, call B. Chapman at 824-5123.

Briefs for March 27

The Colorado Transportation Commission will have a public hearing to present information and receive public comments about the proposed 2007 to 2012 statewide transportation improvement program.

Spring brings fishing

Anglers look forward to getting on the river

Bill Morgan walked past the Krocodiles, Triple Teasers, Little Cleos and Rooster Tails, and he stopped right next to the Mepps Spinners lures.

The right move

Despite controversy, hospital administrator pleased with Craig

For nearly three decades, George Rohrich's career in the "dynamic and exciting" field of health care management has ushered him across hospitals and clinics worldwide. Now, he's looking for a permanent address in Craig.

Back from the Big Easy

Parents happy to have youths home, hope they learned life lessons

A 33-hour road trip and a life-changing experience ended Sunday afternoon as 20 local teengers, who sacrificed their spring break to volunteer in the disaster-ridden Gulf Coast, arrived safely back in Craig.

Game day at last

After weather delays, team breaks out bats for opener

The Moffat County High School baseball team made the most of its first opportunity to take the field this year.

Skyler Brie Coleman

Shawn and Susie Coleman announce the birth of their daughter Skyler Brie Coleman at 10:51 a.m. Feb. 27, 2006, at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver. The baby weighed 3 pounds and 15 1/2 ounces and was 16 3/4 inches long.

Saturday, March 25

Moffat County man shot to death

A domestic dispute Sunday evening left a Moffat County man dead, shot in the chest by his ex-girlfriend's son in an incident police say was justifiable self-defense. Craig Police say Mario Vigil, 60, of Moffat County, broke into a home in the 800 block of Washington Street armed with a .30-30-caliber rifle.

Friday, March 24

Sign warns drivers of deer on road

Drivers heading east from Craig have another warning to watch for deer on the highway.

Horizons Specialized Services looking for public input

Shirley Stehle knows what its like to need help from Horizons Specialized Services. Her 21-year-old son, Matthew, is one of 15 people in Moffat County on the nonprofit's waiting list.

Government Update for March 25

• Commissioners announced that the county had received more than $900,000 in two separate grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The grants will pay for road equipment and storage facilities for the county.

Police hope meth funding gets to Craig

Craig police Chief Walt Vanatta is hoping some of the more than $100 million in federal funding earmarked to fight methamphetamine makes its way to Craig.

A Rose-y business plan

Bernie Rose would like to see Craig diversify its economy to avoid the boom-bust cycle that has plagued the valley for the last century.

It's all a blur

Track team hopes to run circles around competition

The 2005 regional track meet was a disappointing one for the Moffat County boys track team. The Bulldogs had four fourth-place finishes; a third-place finish is required to qualify for the state meet.

United Way paves the way

Service group raises funds

It's been said a measurement of a society lies with its compassion and willingness to help people in need. If so, Craig and the surrounding area rates off the charts.

Datebook for March 25

7 a.m. to noon. The Baggs, Wyo., 9 Health Fair is at the Little Snake River Valley School Complex. Costs are: basic blood screening, $30; prostate examination, $25; and colon-rectal kit, $5. Call the Noyes Health Care Clinic at (307) 383-7000 or June Graff at (970) 583-6158.

Police blotter for March 25

Tina Sue Cackler, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating the terms of her release from prison.

Thursday, March 23

Day Five: Sampling New Orleans

I've written all week about the devastation and destruction in New Orleans. Melinda and I return to Colorado today, and decided we had better experience what's going well in this city before we left.

Doctor goes on hunger strike

Dr. Michael Crane, chief of staff at The Memorial Hospital, says he is on a hunger strike until charges are filed against another doctor who Crane says assaulted him.

Wooden bridge will be replaced

Motorists driving at 65 mph barely notice the narrow spot in the road three miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13. The old wooden bridge goes by in a heartbeat as vehicles motor toward Baggs, Wyo.

Datebook for March 24

10 to 11 a.m. A playgroup for children meets at the Early Childhood Center at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Children in kindergarten and younger are welcome. Call Karra at 326-8553.

Police blotter for March 24

Shane M. Whittington, 33, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Christina Currie: Raising the bar

When I dropped off 4-year-old Nikki at the babysitter March 17, an inquisitive neighbor said she looked like she just came from the bar.

Young Life holding community banquet

Moffat County Young Life is inviting community members to celebrate their tax returns and the growth of Young Life on the same night.

A special day for Spc. Joe Fish

Although Spc. Joe Fish's quarters at the Kirkuk Regional Air Base in northern Iraq have many of the same amenities offered here in Craig, the Army base's Pizza Hut and Taco Bell just aren't quite enough to keep him from getting homesick.

Moffat County Neighbor: Les Hutton

Age: 77 Occupation: Electronic Engineer

Happy hour

Remedies for a post-party night, from popsicles to the 'hair of the dog'

William Blake was talking smack. He once wrote "the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." Bull. What Blake didn't tell you is the price you pay the next morning.

Honors pour in for basketball stars

It was only a matter of time for the awards to start coming in for the Moffat County girls basketball team.

Craig Rotary sends books to the Bayou

Yvette Blanchard has spent the past 25 years working for the libraries of Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish, about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans.

Wednesday, March 22

'Took me by surprise'

New Orleans landscape shocks Craig youths, adults

Teenagers wrestle with one another and climb on broken treadmills atop a trash pile waiting to be picked up. But as soon as the white trailer pulls up, the youths race to suit up and get to work inside a home. Soon, hammers pounding and shovels scooping are the only sounds that can be heard.

Norton's parting comments draw ire

Policy aims to clear up road confusion

Environmental groups are up in arms about a move Tuesday by departing Interior Secretary Gale Norton that they say could result in roads being built across some of the most-pristine places in the West.

Suspect in meth case gets probation

Prosecutors employ 'carrot-and-stick approach'

A judge accepted a plea agreement Wednesday that will send one of the suspects from December's methamphetamine sweep to one year in a drug treatment program and four years of probation.

Datebook for March 23

10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time is at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The theme is trains. Call 824-5116.

Police blotter for March 23

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, March 21 No bookings reported.

Loyd DeuPree

Memorial services for Loyd DeuPree are at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church. Services will conclude at the church.

Hunter James Bouwens

Daniel and Tracy Bouwens of Craig announce the birth of their son, Hunter James Bouwens, at 5:41 p.m. on March 18, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.


Maynard (Mike) and Jill Adams of Bakersfield, Ca., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Rebekah Kay Adams, to Justin Cody Dove, son of Guy Wayne and Aletha Dove, of Craig.

Bill's excellent adventure

Craig's Bill Sawer talks about his two months in Bolivia

Fifteen years ago, Bill Sawer planned a trip to travel across South America. Then he accepted a job at Colorado Mountain College's Steamboat Springs campus and had to put his plans on the shelf.

Day Four: The Ninth Ward

Today, Melinda and I drove through the lower Ninth Ward, the area most affected by Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. People there said the water level reached 20 feet, and the aftermath is unlike anything I've ever seen before.

County awarded nearly $1 million

Grant funds will pay for new equipment, storage facilities

During the fall, Moffat County commissioners reviewed an inventory submitted by various departments that listed $2.8 million in "necessary and urgent" capital requirements.

Foundation director seeks support for CNCC

There is no first order of business for Steve Schrock, the new director of the Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation.

Tuesday, March 21

Starting point

Caucuses kick off election season

Some, firmly entrenched on the right, share a common belief in the right to bear arms and lower taxes. Opponents on the left hold tenets sacred such as a woman's right to choose and more funding for social programs.

Judge rejects plea deal for CAPS escapee

A second judge in as many weeks rejected a plea deal Tuesday for a Craig man who walked away from CAPS in November.

Kristine Lynnette Koran, 1988-2006

Kristine Lynnette Koran died March 14, 2006, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab. She was 17 years old.

Robert L. Richardson

Robert (Bob) L. Richardson died March 18, 2006, in Denver. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2006, at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Ada E. Moyer, 1920-2006

Ada Moyer died March 12, 2006, in Craig at the Sand Rock Ridge Nursing Home.

Our View: Help wanted

The Moffat County commissioners should consider hiring a county manager to be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the county.

Lions Club volunteer Loyd DeuPree dies

Craig lost a community pillar Monday evening with the death of Loyd DeuPree. DeuPree died of congenital heart failure and pneumonia at The Memorial Hospital, which is only half a block from where he was born in 1927.

'We want our branch manager back'

Longtime Maybell library employee resigns two months after another leaves

For the second time in three months, a branch manager of the Moffat County Libraries has resigned.

Interfaith Food Bank Staff: Thanks to all who helped food bank

The Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the many people who donated to the United Way campaign and designated the Food Bank for the funds. We truly appreciate all the food, money and help you have given us. We also appreciate the opportunity to stay open and continue to help the needy in our community.

Guilty plea in fake cash case

A Craig teen who police say used counterfeit cash at area stores last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraud.

Missing checks found a decade later

When Gregg Smith, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, tore into a second story wall at the project house at 745 Yampa Avenue during the weekend, he expected to find crumbling plaster and old studs.

Day 3: Flying the flag

In St. Bernard Parish today, Melinda and I saw American flags flying at nearly every house we passed.

Suspect waives hearing

A Craig man charged with attempted murder is working on a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Datebook for March 22

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Hayden Order of Eastern Star Chapter 99's annual potato bar is at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden. The cost is $6.50 for a baked potato, salad, dessert and drink. Call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Eliria M. Cordova, 1931-2006

Eliria "Lila" Cordova died March 12, 2006, in her Craig home.

Suspect in meth case released

Woman freed after serving three months

One of 15 people arrested in December in a methamphetamine sweep walked out of jail Tuesday.

Commissioners sign off on lease

A deal signed by Moffat County commissioners Tuesday will net the county $58,000 and possibly more.

Police blotter for March 22

No bookings reported.

No place like home

After hurricane, two New Orleans men say they are staying

On a direct flight from Denver to New Orleans on Monday evening, two men flanked a journalist eager to hear their stories.

Black belt honors highlight competition

The Colorado Taekwondo Institute's 2006 All-City Championship in Lakewood will always be a special one for the Walker family.

New Orleans landscape shocks Craig youths, adults

Teenagers wrestle with each other and climb on broken treadmills atop a trash pile waiting to be picked up.

Monday, March 20

Library considers deal with Sheriff's Office

Since August, Dinosaur, a town of 320 people near the Utah border, has been without full-time law enforcement. The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees has entered the mix in helping the Sheriff's Office fix that problem.

Speech and debate teams return from tournament

Two debate teams from Moffat County High School qualified among the state's top 20 teams during the weekend.

Patricia Ann Sullivan Moralez, 1953-2006

Memorial services for Patricia Ann Sullivan Moralez took place March 20 at the First Christian Church in Craig, with Mervin Johnson officiating.

From Craig to Prague

Most college students would scoff at the thought of spending spring break in central Europe instead of on a warm beach with a cold drink.

Helping youths, fighting drugs

El Pomar contributes $20,000 to groups

One is dedicated to ending the poisonous influx of drugs. Another was founded to instill in local youths a sense of competence, usefulness and belonging.

Day 2: Going to work

I woke up this morning, took a deep breath and set out to explore the city, take a lot of photos and assist members of the Hayden group with their work.

Police blotter for March 21

Officers responded to a domestic violence complaint. Officers received a missing person complaint. Officers made an arrest after a traffic stop.

Speak Up for March 21

Four nonprofit executive directors have resigned their positions in the past month and a half. Does the community realize the loss of their creativity, dedication and support?

Datebook for March 21

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed for training and computer upgrades.

Throwing his hat in the ring

Local man sets sights on Colorado Wildlife Commission

The Colorado Wildlife Commission can be a polarizing force on the state's hunting scene.

Sunday, March 19

A muddy mess

Construction sends stream of filth into man's yard

When the snow near his property melted a few weeks ago, Paul Towner had what looked like a river of mud running through his yard.

VNA offers pregnancy program

$13,000 donated to Spanish-speaking class for mothers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recently received a grant that will fund a program aimed at educating pregnant women.

Commissioners to consider lease

Sheriff's Office staffing also on agenda for Tuesday meeting

Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday will consider leasing a parcel of county land to Lynn Properties for oil and natural gas development.

AAA predicting a pinch at the pump

Experts say spring break travelers increase demand, driving up prices

It's the last thing consumers want to hear, but gas prices are back on the rise.

Briefs for March 20

Recreational After-school Doorway, an after-school program for middle-school aged children, is currently seeking potential board members and activity volunteers for the upcoming spring semester.

Bryce Thomas Sink

Bradley and Jill Sink of Craig announce the birth of their son, Bryce Thomas Sink, at 10:24 p.m. March 13, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Isaiah Michael Skalberg

Todd and Angeli Skalberg, of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Michael Skalberg, at 9:20 p.m. March 14, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Jazzmyn Rylee Soule

David and Kryssi Soule, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter Jazzmyn Rylee Soule at 3:16 p.m. March 13, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

'A good fit'

New leader seeks to resurrect CNCC

For John Boyd, the newly minted president of a local community college, it was not only vital that a balance exists between himself and the university he was considering -- it was mandatory.

Addison Elle Romick

Jace and Kimberly Romick of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Elle Romick, at 5 a.m. March 2, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Day 1: On the road

On the snow and slush laden car ride to Denver International Airport, Melinda and I talked about what we were going to do in New Orleans, the sources we wanted to talk to and the kind of photographs I hoped to capture. All of that seems simple enough.

Culture club

Theme night offers tastes of the UK

As Chanelle Bowlds bopped back and forth between the kitchen and dining area Thursday night, the Serendipity Coffee Shop waitress turned to an observer and dropped an English accent worthy of a BBC actress.

No rest for the swimmers

Rest was not in the schedule for the Moffat County and Glenwood Springs swim teams Saturday.

Datebook for March 20

5:30 p.m. The Moffat County Library board of trustees meets at the Craig branch, 570 Green St.

Friday, March 17

Our view: Actions behind words

Thirty-two Northwest Coloradans packed up a minivan and bus Friday with a single destination in mind: New Orleans.

Alexia Lillian Cornelison

Trevor Wayne Cornelison and Danielle Marie Parker, of Walden, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexia Lillian Cornelison, at 3:49 p.m. March 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police blotter for March 18

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, March 16 Tracie Lou Giroux, 44, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of shoplifting, second-degree assault, criminal attempt and resisting arrest.

Datebook for March 18

Today 9 a.m. A Moffat County Habitat for Humanity workday is at the first Craig project home, 745 Yampa Ave. Take work gloves, hammers and crowbars. Call Greg Smith at 824-4020.

Politicos gear up for caucuses

Douglas Wellman has been to more precinct caucuses than he can remember.

Students raise money for biology trip to Bahamas

This week's snow made seventh-grade science teacher Brynna Vogt and a few of her Craig Middle School students eager for one thing -- their August biology adventure trip to the Bahamas.

Hockey season over, organizers pleased

More high school students played hockey last season than signed up for baseball this spring. That pleases outgoing president Mike Boatright of the Craig Youth Hockey League.

Blinking beacons a sign to slow down

For the third year, the city of Craig has purchased more school zone beacons with blinking lights to warn motorists about lower speed limits on the road ahead as they approach school zones.

Snowmobile accident sends man to hospital

A snowmobile accident north of Craig sent one man to the hospital Friday morning.

Tate Russell Kerchal

R.J. and Andrea Kerchal announce the birth of their son, Tate Russell, at 1:54 p.m. March 1, 2006, in Colorado Springs.

Violette Elizabeth Lowe

Jesse and Jessica Lowe, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter Violette Elizabeth Lowe, at 4:05 p.m. March 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Woman accused of shoplifting attacked officers, police say

Craig police officers used a TAZER on a local woman twice Thursday after they say she shoplifted from a local retailer and resisted arrest.

News briefs for March 18

RAD program seeking help Recreational After-school Doorway, an after-school program for middle-school-age children, is seeking potential board members and activity volunteers for the upcoming spring semester.

Hospital launches investigation

Doctor's concerns spark questions

The Memorial Hospital announced Friday that hospital officials have launched an investigation into possible neglect and Medicare fraud.

Education calendar for March 18

Today Craig Middle School wrestlers face Meeker in Meeker.

Luke Bomier Montgomery

TJ and Debbie Montgomery announce the birth of their son, Luke Bomier Montgomery, at 5:25 p.m. March 6, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

CMS Staff Profile

Nikki Beckum What is your job title? Paraprofessional

Kalee Raeann Melquist

Landon Melquist and Krystal Higgins announce the birth of their daughter, Kalee Raeann Melquist, at 8:08 a.m. March 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Nothing is off-limits at comedy night in Craig

Leave your political correctness at the door, because ain't nothing sacred here.

Pitching in together

Baseball team has plenty of potential, lofty goals

On Friday at 7 a.m., members of the Moffat County boys baseball team were running lines in the gym because two players had a disagreement. Team chemistry will happen this year, or the team will run more than the track team.

Thursday, March 16

Mine reclamation specialist visits

Austin is the senior reclamation specialist for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and his job is to ensure that surface mines are following government guidelines in the reclamation process. He visited Craig this week to visit with local mines about reclamation projects.

College looks to build local work force

Gene Bilodeau, campus dean of Colorado Northwestern Community College, would like to see more of Craig's youths get degrees here and enter the work force locally.

Craig man to kick off Corral race

Local NASCAR fans will likely be watching this Sunday as Craig-born man Collin Stoddard sings the national anthem before the Golden Corral 500 race in Atlanta.

Keeping kids healthy

Parents flock to 15th Health Fair to have children screened

Craig resident Vidya Patel came to the 15th annual Children's Health Fair with a straightforward goal in mind. She wanted to learn whether her son, 3-year-old Shivam, was developmentally OK.

Wrestlers challenge best in the nation

Since January, Moffat County junior Levi Weber has had this weekend on his calendar. He's run a lot of stairs and laps around the high school since then, too.

County looks to state for Dinosaur's police woes

Moffat County officials are looking to the state for help in solving the law enforcement woes in Dinosaur.

Police Blotter for March 17

Wednesday, March 15 Paige Sansom Strickland, 43, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

City officials discuss ways to keep Craig beautiful

Craig city officials said it's time for some spring cleaning. In an ongoing attempt to beautify Craig, city officials met Wednesday night to discuss proposed changes to health and safety codes and enforcement.

BLM's drilling requests climb

The energy industry is looking for oil and gas reserves in Moffat County at two times the rate it did last year, a Bureau of Land Management official said Wednesday.

Christna M. Currie: Girly girls

When you have 4- and 5-year-old girls, you'd better be prepared to be girly. Five-year-old Katie was born a drama queen, so it was no surprise when her world became all about princesses. Disney's marketing might have something to do with that.

Elisa Shackelton: Thanks for help with 4-H convention

This month, the Moffat County Extension Office helped host more than 225 4-H youths from seven Northwest Colorado counties at the 13th annual District Retreat.

Home brew

In a world of corporate giants, early rising employees of local coffee shops ensure quality over quantity to keep pace

It's 5:30 Wednesday morning, and downtown Craig has not yet risen from its nighttime slumber.

Moffat County Neighbor: Peyton Bulla

Peyton Bulla Age: 18 Occupation: Office worker at Flint Personnel

Datebook for March 17

10 to 11 a.m. A playgroup for children meets at the Early Childhood Center at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Children up to kindergarten age are welcome. Call Karra at 326-8553.

Kristine Koran

A funeral for Kristine Koran is at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Patricia Moralez

Patricia Moralez of Craig died Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital.

Briefs for March 17

Moffat County Habitat for Humanity members said they need volunteers to help restore a home at 745 Yampa Ave.

Wednesday, March 15

Sports briefs for March 16

Moffat County senior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos has been chosen to participate in the Colorado Coaches of Girls' Sports All-State Basketball Games.

Lucas James Duzik

Lucas James Duzik died before his birth Friday, March 3, 2006, in Denver. He was 28 weeks old.

City Council approves purchases Tuesday

Craig City Council purchased four pickups at Tuesday night's meeting.

Dennis L. "Dinny" Hayes (1939-2006)

Dennis L. "Dinny" Hayes was born May 1, 1939, in Hayden to William Clayborn and Lily Dora (Doyle) Hayes. He was raised and attended school in Hayden. After high school, Hayes entered the U.S. Navy and served for four years.

Kristine Koran

Kristine Koran of Craig died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Police Blotter for March 16

Tuesday, March 14 James Guy McHan, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Bradlee William Cantrell, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Kevin Allen Cleland, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Real estate agents eager for busy buying season

Craig real estate agents are eager for signs of spring. Their busy season is closely tied to warm weather.

Briefs for March 16

A judge on Wednesday gave a Craig man charged with methamphetamine distribution, assault and motor vehicle theft until next month to consider a plea agreement.

That familiar feeling

The girls soccer team has consistency, experience

There's not much new to report at Moffat County girls soccer practice. That's perfectly fine with the players.

Connect the dots

Forum to address issues that span

Improve public transportation. Adjust for a growing ethnic population. Open new lines of dialogue between communities and governments, retain the existing work force and convince residents to embrace a philosophy of economic interdependence.

Most of Maybell makes meeting

Residents worried about school's future with tight budget

Maybell Elementary School has six students, but more than 100 people came out Tuesday night to encourage the board of education to keep the tiny school open.

Datebook for March 16

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time is at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The theme is green things. Call 824-5116.

Tuesday, March 14

Where's the beef?

Local rancher attends Limousin cattle conference

Moffat County rancher John Raftopoulos knows where to find the cattle that produce the best beef.

City council decides on new waste contract

Restaurant owners should take note that rates to empty grease traps will increase significantly if they try to do it in winter.

Commissioners reject tax protest

Moffat County commissioners rejected a tax protest Monday that would have cost the county and school district more than $40,000.

Edith Ottens' 100th birthday

Edith May Osborn was born March 17, 1906, in Yampa. On Friday, Edith Ottens will celebrate her 100th birthday at her home in Craig.

Police Blotter for March 15

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, March 13 Mark Sullivan, 43, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for March 15

Today 5 to 8 p.m. Moffat County commissioner candidate Dan W. Martin hosts a meet the candidate reception at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Voters will get the chance to meet Martin and find out where he stands on the issues. Call the Committee to Elect Dan W. Martin at 824-2187.

Spoiled soil doesn't deter Steamboat Transit

Despite contaminated soil at the old Moffat County Road and Bridge shop, Steamboat Springs Transit still wants to buy the property, the transit director said Tuesday.

Eliria Cordova

A funeral for Eliria Cordova is at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Services will conclude at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice or Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

Craig swimmer Kelsey Conci reaches region's top 25

Kelsey Conci had never competed outside of Colorado before last week. After her success in Phoenix, the Moffat County sophomore might want to consider out-of-state meets more often.

Three earn league honors in basketball

In his senior season, Moffat County's Derek Duran secured a spot in the basketball history books and earned Western Slope All-League honors.

Justin, Shelly and Ryan Duzik: Thank you for support after loss of our child

Thank you for support after loss of our child

Ada Moyer

A funeral for Ada Moyer is at 10 a.m. Friday at the Faith Lutheran Church. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Moffat County Jail traffic increases

The Moffat County Jail housed a daily average of 82 inmates in 2005, Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said Tuesday.

Hunter safety a family sport

They are called Team Stoffle, and Northwest Colorado hunters who have taken a safety course in the past 25 years probably have met one or all of these teachers dedicated to safe hunting practices.

Carl Pondella

Carl Pondella of Slater died Monday at his home. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

College president takes over

John Boyd starts tenure at CNCC

A seven-month search to anoint a new president of Colorado Northwestern Community College culminated Tuesday morning when the school welcomed incoming leader John Boyd.

Help on the home front

American Red Cross volunteers assist fire victims in Craig

Nathan James Demarais has lived through more alarming events in two months than many people experience in their entire lives.

Monday, March 13

Testing the waters

Local eighth-graders boast state's top river-monitoring program

Monitoring the massive expected runoff this spring for the Yampa River drainage will not be an easy task.

Dorothy Nelson

Dorothy May Hoth was born on March 9, 1928, in Wheatland, Wyo., to John "Jack" and Mattie (Hughes) Hoth. Dorothy spent most of her younger years on Cedar Springs Ranch near Maybell. She started school in Craig and later graduated from high school in Buena Vista.

CSU closing in on 4-H agent

Monday was the last day to apply for the position of 4-H agent at the Colorado State University Moffat County Extension Office in Craig, and Director Elisa Shackelton was exited about the applicants.

Police blotter for March 14

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, March 10 Jay Allen Garcia, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of shoplifting and false reporting to authorities.

Shady projections?

DOW tries to shed light on elk populations

When Colorado Division of Wildlife biologist Jeff Madison asks a room full of people whether they think there is a conspiracy behind Sasquatch or the moon landing, only a few hands go up.

City Council to address grease issue

The Craig City Council will take another look at options concerning the disposal of grease at the wastewater treatment plant tonight.

Ada Moyer

Ada Moyer of Craig died Sunday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Maybell school at issue

School Board to discuss closing small facility

With six students enrolled at Maybell Elementary School, the board of education is considering closing the tiny school 30 miles west of Craig.

Datebook for March 14

Today 8 a.m. A defensive driving class is offered downstairs at the Colorado State University Moffat County extension office, 539 Barclay St. The cost is $45 for adults. There are discounts for students, seniors and Moffat County employees. Call 824-3211.

Speak up for March 14

Look at all aspects In response to "County employees overpaid": I also would likeo thank the Daily Press for providing the Speak Up section as it provides the community the opportunity to see beyond closed doors.

News briefs for March 14

Cocaine seized, Steamboat man charged The Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team drug task force assisted agents from Denver Drug Enforcement Agencies in an investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than 1 pound of cocaine.

Eliria Cordova

Eliria Cordova died Sunday at her home. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Sunday, March 12

Fire ends in total loss

A fire at 1132 Aspen Ave. Saturday afternoon resulted in what fire officials are calling a total loss.

Trucking business earns top honor

A local trucking business won a prestigious award last week from Monsanto Co.

Datebook for March 13

5:15 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County has its regular meeting at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant. Anyone can attend. Call 870-7500.

Briefs for March 13

Improvements to the Island and Rainbow park roads in Dinosaur National Monument are planned to begin next week and to last four to six weeks. Visitors should plan to experience minor delays during these road improvement operations.

Eileen Schrader

Funeral services for Eileen Schrader of Craig will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grant Mortuary.

A pursuit of knowledge

Work serving the community keeps extension office director sharp

A thirst for knowledge took Colorado native Elisa Shackelton away from her home for five years in the 1990s.

Bulldogs open against top competition

The Moffat County boys swimming opened the season with the best competition possible.

Jenn Tonso: Thanks for making events successful

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club concluded its very busy season of special events all being held in Craig and the Black Mountain, Freeman Lake snowmobiling areas.

Women's fair pampers, informs

Maybe it was this week's tragic news of actress/philanthropist Dana Reeve's untimely death from lung cancer. Or, it could have been recent news that singer Sheryl Crow had undergone treatment for breast cancer.

Life skills, leadership, laughter

4-H retreat mixes fun with knowledge

Eric Wellman, a 17-year-old senior at Moffat County High School, said he came away from this weekend's 4-H event with valuable insight and a blueprint for his future.

Friday, March 10

Biologists unsure how ferrets will take drilling

Wildlife biologists don't know what to make of a recent decision that could mean oil and gas drilling in the backyard of one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

CAPS escapee charged with misdemeanor

A work release inmate who failed to report back to the Moffat County Jail last month and was later arrested by police will be charged with a misdemeanor for escaping.

Longtime BLM employee retires

Mike Albee is convinced that he had the best job the Bureau of Land Management ever offered.

On the Record for March 11

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, March 10 Peter Gordon Reinolds, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving with a revoked driver's license.

Elena Elyse Dominguez

Daniel and Syndi (Davidson) Dominguez of Hobbs, N.M., announce the birth of their daughter Elena Elyse at 3:58 p.m. March 2, 2006.

Warming up

Snow keeps golfers inside, but not from improving

In her first team meeting last year, Moffat County girls golf coach Ann Marie Hamilton laid down her rules. The first impression didn't set well with some of the girls.

Our View: All in good fun

It's unusual, to say the least, to see a group of people wrapped in blankets and lined up at the VFW at 7 a.m. on a Friday. Visitors to Moffat County may have blinked a few times when they drove by the portable toilets, the construction heaters and the camp trailers that lined the restaurant's parking lot and its lawn.

Dawn Bolstad: Girls did more than play -- they unified

Girls did more than play -- they unified

Camera shy

Silly photographer the trick to making children smile

Students at East Elementary School wiggled in their seats as a man with a tall tripod, expensive camera and oversized flash asked them to repeat three important words, "I like boys."

Lyal George Bright

Lyal G. Bright died Feb. 11, 2006, in Wheat Ridge. He was 80.

Education briefs for March 11

Pi(e) Day celebration at Craig Middle School

Education calendar for March 11

Today Craig Middle School wrestlers face Soroco and Montrose. Both teams compete away.

Kaylin Lamerton

Kaylin Lamerton, daughter of Rick and Linda Lamerton, received her letter of acceptance into the pre-veterinary medicine program at Colorado State University on Thursday. She will start her studies this fall to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Lamerton is a senior at Moffat County High School.

Datebook for March 11

Today 9 a.m. Moffat County Habitat for Humanity is having a workday at its first Craig project home, 745 Yampa Ave. All volunteers are welcome. Call Marilyn Bouldin at 620-0974.

Briefs for March 11

The highly publicized death of singer-actress Dana Reeve this week has raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked.

Homeward bound

Stray dogs face uncertain future, like many at animal shelter

No one knows where they came from. And, at this point, know one is sure where they'll end up.

Eileen Schrader

Eileen Schrader of Craig died Friday at The Memorial Hospital.

Government update for March 11

Moffat County commissioners Last met: March 7 Decisions:

Thursday, March 9

A Big Easy decision

Local teens headed to New Orleans to help out

It didn't take much effort for John Graler to convince 20 high school-age members of First Christian Church to give up their spring break to help Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

Money matters

Business leaders teach students the value of a dollar

Wall Street, 1792. Twenty-four stockbrokers gathered beneath a Buttonwood tree and signed an agreement in the streets that founded what later would become the foremost institution of financial wheeling and dealing.

Truck theft suspect due in Kentucky court Monday

The Craig teenager who police think stole a truck from a local water treatment plant before being arrested in Kentucky last month will appear in a Kentucky courtroom Monday.

Datebook for March 10

Today 10 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for children meets at the Early Childhood Center at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Children up to kindergarten age are welcome. Call Karra at 326-8553.

Briefs for March 10

St. Michael Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus will hold their annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage fundraising dinner March 17.

Addilyn Jae Messersmith

Chris and Amber Messersmith of Fort Collins announce the birth of their daughter, Addilyn Jae Messersmith, at 6:37 p.m. January 19, 2006, at Poudre Valley Hospital.

Dennis Hayes

Dennis Hayes of Hayden died Tuesday at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. A funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hayden Congregational Church or the Alzheimer's Association, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Police Blotter for March 10

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, March 8 John Bollinger Erceg, 42, of Greystone, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Christina M. Currie: Enhancing the floor

I'm enough of a girl to find decorative pillows appealing.

Marilyn Bouldin: Thanks to Habitat for Humanity supporters

The Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the community for your generous support in 2005. Whether you provided money, services, materials, your time, your ideas and expertise, or all of the above, we want you to know it was appreciated.

Hungry minds

In an age of snappy mediums, Craig Book Club remains the area's 'literary royalty'

In an interview about his debut novel, "The Sixth Lamentation," author William Brodrick said "two streams of interest" converged and provided the inspiration he needed to write the classic.

Moffat County Neighbor: Jim Blevins

Jim Blevins Age: 60

Youths already preparing for August fair

There may be snowflakes in the air, but area youths are already thinking about the livestock they will show this summer.

The great eight

Swim team focuses on what it has

Last week, the Moffat County boys swim team didn't have enough swimmers to make up two relay teams.

Trevor Simones

Navy Seaman Recruit Trevor A. Simones, son of Clara E. and Ronald M. Simones, of Craig, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Wednesday, March 8

Education allocation

Ballot issue calls on districts to spend what Moffat already does

There's a simple reason why local school officials aren't sweating an upcoming ballot question that, if approved, would mandate roughly two-thirds of their budget be spent in the classroom.

Funding cuts irk Colorado politicians

A move by the federal government to cut some funding to local counties has raised the ire of Colorado politicians.

Endless winter

Tuesday's snowfall not the last precipitation Craig will see

"I thought winter was over," Burl McMillen said as he removed snow from the dozens of cars and trucks in the Craig Ford parking lot Wednesday morning. "This is not that fun."

Datebook for March 9

Today 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop. "The Sixth Lamentation" by William Broderick will be reviewed by Emilyn Young. Call Susie at 824-1956.

Dennis Hayes

Dennis Hayes of Hayden died Tuesday evening at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. Funeral services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Jamie Lynn Clawson

James Clawson and Cheri Croley-Filloon of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Jamie Lynn Clawson, at 1:09 a.m. March 7, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Police blotter for March 9

Officers made a warrant arrest. Officers received a report of a missing person. Officers received two animal complaints. Officers received a report of a hit-and-run accident.

Going for the gold

Special Olympics organizers looking for volunteers for Games in May

Special Olympians will converge on Craig this May to dine, dance and compete for medals in an event the town has hosted for more than 15 years.

Dream season comes to a close

The tears for the Moffat County girls basketball team lasted about 15 minutes. Then, for all but three Bulldogs, preparations for next year started.

David Pressgrove: Final thoughts on a great season

Random thoughts after following a great basketball team through a great season: It's tough not to look ahead already to next year after Moffat County's 69-47 loss to Regis Jesuit in the Colorado Girls State Basketball tournament semifinals.

Breaking the banks

Residents ask county for help with runoff

Most of the time, the Deep Cut Ditch near Lee Williamson's property south of Craig can handle the runoff from Knez Divide. But some years, when the snowpack melts fast, there is more water than the ditch can handle.

Jason Richard Gates

John Gates and Elli Moore of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jason Richard Gates, at 8:42 a.m. March 6, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Jack Wesley Virden

Harry and Mary Virden of Sheridan, Wyo., announce the birth of their son, Jack Wesley Virden, at 8:05 p.m. Feb. 21, 2006, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Tuesday, March 7

Bond reduced for attempted murder suspect

A judge lowered the bail Tuesday for a Craig man charged with strangling his girlfriend during a fight at the couple's home in January.

Judge rejects deal for CAPS escapee

A judge on Tuesday rejected a plea agreement for a man who walked away from a Craig correctional facility in November.

In the spotlight

Talent concert shines light on locals

Since 1978, the Craig Concert Association has showcased local performing artists with its annual free Community Talent Concert.

Fire district seeks voters for May board election

Vicky Slaight, a longtime employee of the local fire district, has seen fire board elections come and go during the years without the voting public taking much notice.

Lydia Elyse Baca

Kayla (Hoefer) Baca and Austen Baca announce the birth of their daughter, Lydia Elyse Baca, on March 1, 2006, in La Junta.

Golf team improves drastically

On the second nine holes of Monday's high school girls golf tournament in Fruita, Moffat County coach Ann Marie Hamilton watched the swing come together for three of her golfers.

Blooming profits

VNA sells daffodils to raise money

Yellow daffodils will be popping up across Northwest Colorado on March 15 as the annual daffodil fundraiser kicks off.

Briefs for March 8

Workers at the Craig Station power plant began to bring Unit 1 back online Sunday afternoon, generating electricity late.

Keeping it simple

Bulldogs won't change much for semifinal game

Pop quiz: What can you sit on, sleep on and brush your teeth with? Think long and hard before reading on. Give up? The answer: A chair, a bed and a toothbrush.

Deeper than wins

One Bulldog fan truly appreciates following the team

John Jepkema has found his fountain of youth.

Suspect gets year in prison

Man arrested in meth sweep

One of the suspects from a major methamphetamine sweep in December will serve a year in prison, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Police Blotter for March 8

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, March 6 No bookings reported

Jack Taylor: Balancing water rights

Advocates of recreational water rights have been critical of ongoing legislative efforts to ensure recreational uses are compatible with the state's many other water needs. I appreciate their concerns, but as a member of the state Senate, I represent the wide-ranging interests of many different water stakeholders in our part of Colorado. I do not have the luxury of advocating for one kind of water right to the exclusion of all the others.

Datebook for March 8

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

David Pressgrove: County girls

"Forget about the size of their school, their fancy uniforms and remember what got us here. Focus on the fundamentals that we've gone over time and time again. ... I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of this game, in my book, we're gonna be winners."

Monday, March 6

Dorothy Nelson

Dorothy Nelson of Craig died Sunday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab Center. A funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab Center in care of Grant Mortuary.

Shelby Nicole Gunter

Bryan and Rachel Gunter, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Nicole Gunter, at 5:58 p.m. March 1, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Barbara Gunter of Rossville, Ga., and Victoria and Jimmy Payne of Tellico Plains, Tenn.

Meth suspects appear in court

Three defendants from a major methamphetamine sweep in December had court appearances Monday.

Bradon William Jenrich

Drew and Jessica Jenrich, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, Bradon William Jenrich, at 10:55 p.m. Feb. 26, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds and was 19 1/2 inches long. His grandparents are Susan and Keith Heiner of Clark, Owen Jenrich of Craig and Starla Geisick of Colstrip, Mont.

Event for women's health, relaxation

The Memorial Hospital has an event planned that will cater to local women.

Golfers open season in 2nd place

Considering they were the only team that hadn't been on a golf course before Monday, members of the Moffat County girls golf team performed well in the season's first tournament.

Balleck family: Thank you

The family of Marian Balleck extends heartfelt thanks to the many people who expressed love and caring with calls, letters, cards and attendance at Marian' s memorial service.

Speak up for March 6

County employees are overpaid Thanks to the Craig Daily Press for publishing the salaries of Moffat County employees. In a word, I was shocked. I always thought that people chose to go to work for the government to serve, not to get rich. Boy, was I wrong. I always vote for "fiscally conservative" Republicans, but the minute they get into office, they forget their stated mission. Our county commissioners are no different. It's obvious it was a lot easier to balance the budget by shutting down Shadow Mountain than showing some guts and eliminating at least one overpaid position.

Hearing set in attempted murder case

A judge scheduled a preliminary hearing Monday for a Craig man charged with sexually assaulting and trying to kill his girlfriend.

Police Blotter for March 7

Moffat County Jail Report Friday, March 3 Jeffery Allen Forquer, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail to serve time for a previous offense.

On the rebound

American Legion membership on the rise

After a decade of inactivity, with their building sold and a declining enrollment, American Legion Post 62 is coming back with the help of a new building to call home.

Drivers safe this weekend, police say

Weekend festivities did little to dent Craig residents' sense of responsibility behind the wheel, police reported Monday morning.

Forums aimed at connecting Routt and Moffat counties

Kelly Williams lives in Craig, but she spent the winter driving to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden for work.

Datebook for March 7

Tuesday, March 7 8:30 a.m. Moffat County commissioners' regular meeting at Moffat County Courthouse, 220 W. Victory Way.

News briefs for March 7

Second chance to learn about trees Growing trees can be a challenge in Northwest Colorado.

Sunday, March 5

System tracks child immunizations

Before you can enroll your child in pre-school or kindergarten, you must provide a record of the required immunizations. The problem is, you may not remember when the last shots were or what they were for. An immunization information system aims to simplify that procedure.

Local couple starts up eBay store

There were no funny eBay sales in J and J Enterprise's first week of business.

'We're goin' to Boulder'

Bulldogs win regional title, advance to final four

It took him 11 seasons to figure it out, but Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen now knows what it takes to get his team to the state semifinals: make other plans for the week.

Datebook for March 6

Tuesday, March 7 8:30 a.m. Moffat County commissioners' meet at Moffat County Courthouse, 220 W. Victory Way.

BLM seeking council members

If your love of the great outdoors equals your desire to preserve interests for future generations, you might consider a position on the Bureau of Land Managements Resource Advisory Council.

CNCC educator wins top faculty honor

Mary Karen Solomon knows more than just the "little bit about a lot" that cynics may accuse liberal arts scholars of knowing.

Natural born broker

Gustin benefits from hard work in a job she loves

After buying her first rental property three years out of high school, it didn't take long for Yvonne Gustin to realize that real estate was her thing.

Bulldogs out-hustle Harrison

Moffat in first state semifinal in 13 years

Angie Charchalis may never receive a better belated birthday present. The Moffat County sophomore turned 16 on Friday, but she didn't cut her cake until the next day, after her team unwrapped a 56-51 win against Harrison. The birthday present was a regional championship trophy and an all-expense paid trip for the Moffat County girls to the Class 4A State Basketball Tournament's final four in Boulder.

Jacob Thomas Swanson

Christina and John Swanson, of Craig, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Thomas Swanson at 7:31 a.m. Feb. 11, 2006 at The Memorial Hospital.

This new old house

Habitat volunteers revitalizing home on Yampa Avenue

At first glance, the boarded up house at 745 Yampa Ave. -- a one-time rooming house turned dilapidated structure -- isn't much to look at.

Our VIew: The best we can give

The Craig Daily Press returned from the 2006 Colorado Press Association convention Feb. 26 with 44 awards, the most awards earned by any newspaper in the state.

Camie Robinson and Brian Slaight

Jim and Terri Robinson announce the engagement of their daughter, Camie Robinson, to Brian Slaight, son of Doug and Vicky Slaight.

Saturday, March 4

Moco girls out-hustle Harrison to Final Four

Moffat moves to first state semifinal in 13 years with 56-51 win

Angie Charchalis may never receive a better belated birthday present.

Friday, March 3

Grand Futures needs director

A local substance abuse prevention group is looking for a new director.

News briefs for March 4

Children's health fair scheduled for March Children with development problems have a better chance for success if their disabilities are identified before they begin school, the director of the Early Childhood Center here says.

Workers get water flowing the right way

City road workers say quick action early in the week kept high water from being a serious problem later in the week.

Not-so-nervous newbies

Eighth-graders at orientation say they are excited

When Tasha Romney and Chandrea Lopez made the transition from elementary school to Craig Intermediate School, they were nervous.

Teens and jobs

Summer brings opportunities for students

As the sun starts to melt winter away, Moffat County High School sophomore Audrey Hollingsworth isn't quite ready to start looking for a summer job.

Police blotter for March 4

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, March 1 Barbra J. Moss, 50, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

CMS profile: Deb Markham

Deb Markham What is your job title: Paraprofessional Number of years in profession: Seven years

Education calendar for March 4

Today, March 4 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School spring play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," is in the high school auditorium.

Possible wolf sighting nearby

The Colorado Division of Wildlife reported Friday that biologists may have spotted a wolf in the wilderness north of Walden.

Lifeguard training class offered

If summers next to the pool and the smell of suntan lotion figure in your next career move, you may be interested in the official American Red Cross certification to be a lifeguard.

Instructor stresses need for drivers ed

Leanne Crippen has a daughter who will start driving in a couple of years.

Education briefs for March 4

It's time for students to begin planning for next year, and Moffat County High School is starting the scheduling process.

Datebook for March 4

Today Overeaters Anonymous meets every Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. For information call 824-6915.

Marian Elizabeth Balleck

Marian Elizabeth (Jordan) Balleck was born May 28, 1924, in Alamosa, the daughter of Owen Pinkstaff and Ruth (Taylor) Jordan. The family moved to Morapos Creek in Northwest Colorado while Marian was young.

Among the elite

Bulldogs need overtime to advance against Montrose

GRAND JUNCTION -- For 23 games, the Moffat County girls basketball team didn't get challenged in the fourth quarter. No. 24 was an exception.

Thursday, March 2

Police Blotter for March 3

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, March 1 No bookings reported.

Briefs for March 3

If you want to learn more about gardening in Northwest Colorado, plan to attend the High County Gardening workshop being presented by CSU master gardener Kathy Hockin on March 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Colorado Northwestern Community College. To register or for more information, call 824-1101 or 824-1135.

Cortez family: Thanks, community, for support

The family of Al Cortez would like to thank the people of Craig for every kindness extended to us upon Al's unexpected passing. It lifted our hearts to know that Al was so loved and respected.

Lura Edna Camp

Lura Edna (Kincade) Camp was born Jan. 20, 1918, in Big Cabin, Okla., the daughter of Frank Cash and Agnes Abigail (Quick) Kincade. She was raised and attended school in Oklahoma.

Datebook for March 3

Today 6:30 p.m. There is a meeting for anyone interested in becoming involved with Special Olympics in the board room at the school administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Bonnie at 824-0222 or Cheryl at 824-2558.

Weekend events pile up

United Way Director Corrie Scott is one of many Craig residents engaged in a juggling act.

Officers oppose legislation

Local law enforcement officials say an immigration bill in the Colorado Legislature requiring them to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities isn't the answer to illegal immigration.

Session to focus on avian flu

As concerns grow about the spread of avian flu, local health officials want to keep Yampa Valley residents informed and prepared.

Elois Albert "Al" Cortez

Elois "Al" Cortez of Craig passed away Feb. 19, 2006. He was a beloved husband, father, friend, teacher and a fine fisherman. Al was born Jan. 28, 1926, in Questa, N.M., the son of Elois O. Cortez Sr. and Josephine Wisehart Cortez.

Moffat County Neighbor: Sandra Mansfield

Age: 56 Occupation: Co-owner of KS Kreations What should your business card say you do? Jack of all trades

Parents' traditions boost Bulldogs

It's 5:45 p.m. Thursday and while the Moffat County girls basketball team is enjoying a pre-game meal at Carelli's, their parents are having their own get-together.

Triple threat

A year ago, Markie Workman, Angie Charchalis and Cayla Maneotis played supporting roles on a team that made it to the Class 4A round of 16.

Primetime crime

Police, inmates have different takes on popular programming

The public's fascination with TV crime drama on TV even reaches behind bars.

Wednesday, March 1

Warm weather causes flooding

Runoff, rain mix makes for road woes

Warming temperatures and a quick shot of snow added up to rising waters in Craig and headaches for city road workers.

Craig Daily Press announces new editor

The Craig Daily Press has a new editor.

Meth suspect gets 4 years

A judge on Wednesday sentenced a Craig man arrested in a methamphetamine sweep last December to four years in prison.

Heating bill assistance still available

If winter has taken a toll on your bank account, there's still time to apply for help.

Judge not ready to accept plea agreement

A county judge wouldn't sign off on a plea agreement Wednesday that would have sent a man to prison for two years for walking away from a Craig correctional facility in November.

Meth defendant considers plea

The lawyer for a Craig man charged with methamphetamine distribution, assault and motor vehicle theft, said Wednesday that her client needed more time to consider a plea agreement before accepting it.

Datebook for March 2

Orientation for incoming freshman is all day at Moffat County High School.

Briefs for March 2

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

Guy Vernon Updike, 1923-2006

Guy Vernon Updike was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Craig, the son of Guy Cornelius and Nina Marjorie Updike. He died Feb. 21, 2006, in Craig.

Police blotter for March 2

Eric James Trefethen, 34, an inmate in Moffat County Jail, was booked into the jail on a new charge of escape. Jail officials say he returned to the jail from work release 90 minutes late.

Cougar teams host divisional playoffs

The Craig Cougar Pee Wee hockey team has lost heartbreaker after heartbreaker in the past three weeks. This weekend the team hopes to change that.

Saturday morning substitute

Bowling league opens a lane of fun for youths

On Saturdays this winter, 8-year-old Josef Thurston has packed up Tigger, his bright orange bowling ball, and headed to Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.