Stories for May 2006


Wednesday, May 31

Hospital administrator adds duties for senior employees

George Rohrich, administrator at The Memorial Hospital, introduced Tuesday three long-time employees, who have been handed additional duties in an effort to improve hospital service.

Building under way on new subdivisions

If a city's prosperity can be judged by the economics of home building, Craig is poised for a summer boom.

Man pleads guilty in meth case

A Craig man arrested in December's methamphetamine sweep pleaded guilty this week to felony meth possession.

Dry days of May

Lack of rainfall has locals worried

Billy Green's Dry Fork Ranch north of Craig is living up to its name this year.


The children and grandchildren of Dale and Velda Pulliam invite the community to celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006, at Gore Range Baptist Church, 1117 Jackson Ave., Kremmling. The couple requests no gifts.

Joseph Bordner Boyd

Former Hayden resident Joseph Bordner Boyd passed away May 7, 2006, at Porter Hospice in Centennial. He was born in Lewistown, Ill., on Oct. 7, 1928, to Mose B. and Sue (Jackson) Boyd.

Pam Lathrop: Thank you for help at fish pond workday

To the editor: I would like to say a big thank you to the following people and businesses that helped with the workday at the Lil' Rascal fish pond:

Elberta Cochran: Wal-Mart and Kmart stores are alike

To the editor: There is a lot of talk about Wal-Mart. What's wrong with the Kmart we have? They are alike.

Signing off

Moffat County athletics director retires to work for electronic scoreboard company

For 27 years, Jim Loughran walked the halls of Moffat County High School.


Jody and Kim Lehahan, Jim and Claire Breslin and Bill and Michelle Hampton announce the engagement of their children, Amber Breslin and Bryan Hampton.

Police blotter for June 1

Moffat County Jail Report Monday, May 30 No bookings reported.

Where the green grass grows

Local experts offer tips about how to keep lawns healthy

Your lawn can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Knowing when to water and how much can be the deciding factor in any lawn/owner relationship, said Colorado State University extension agent Bill Ekstrom.

Datebook for June 1

Today 7 p.m. The Yampa Valley chapter of Sweet Adelines International meets at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. Call Ivy Davis at 824-5746.

Tuesday, May 30

Police crack down

Weekend effort nets 629 drunken driving arrests statewide

With high school graduations, the start of summer and Memorial Day festivities, Colorado residents had plenty to celebrate during the weekend.

Hospital administrator says 2006 finances will rebound

George Rohrich, lead administrator at The Memorial Hos�--pital, said he's confident hospital finances will rebound in 2006, despite a lackluster first few months.

Registration on for CNCC's summer semester

Katie Searcy will be a Moffat County High School senior in the fall, but she worries that she will be swamped by her workload.

Straw hats and cane poles

Organizers, children gear up for Huck Finn Fun Day

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn -- characters described in the stories of author Mark Twain -- kept it simple. All they needed to go fishing were cane poles, a can of worms and bare feet in the mud on the riverbank.

Bill Harding and other members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion: Our country's flag deserves respect

To the editor: I am deeply saddened. I attended the Grand Olde West Days parade Saturday. People lined the route, fire trucks, floats, tractors and participants young and old, including candidates for the upcoming elections, attended. Traffic was rerouted to furnish a safe travel route. Cross streets were blocked, crowds gathered, and police vehicles led and followed the entrants.

Our View: Community responsibility

In April, two men died in accidents in which alcohol is suspected to be a factor.

Police Blotter for May 31

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, May 25 Jesus Zaragoza Berber, 40, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant. Patricia Ann Murphy, 42, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of careless driving, driving under the influence and driving a vehicle with excessive alcohol content.

Fred W. Teter

Graveside services for Fred W. Teter Jr., a former Craig resident, are at 2 p.m. Friday at Craig Cemetery.

Gordon L. Cross

Gordon L. Cross, a Craig resident for the past 25 years, died May 26, 2006, after a lingering illness.

Junior golf program to tee off

This is a special summer for 5-year-old Connor Etzler. It's the first summer he's old enough to participate in a junior golf clinic.

All-star win

Bulldogs complete undefeated season

RIFLE --ll-star games are supposed to be all about the "experience" and an "honor" for the players. It doesn't really matter who wins, right?

News briefs for May 31

Tourney brings lawmakers to Craig The 19th annual Legislative Golf Tournament and Banquet is Saturday. Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, host the event. A large legislative turnout is expected this year.

Datebook for May 31

Today Noon The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association hosts its monthly meeting at the Tin Cup Grill. Call Sandi Seip at 824-6660.

Carmen Olivia and Rebekah Noelle Bolton

John and Teri Bolton, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughters, Carmen Olivia and Rebekah Noelle, at 6:37 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on May 23, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

County reschedules meetings

Moffat County commissioners Tuesday had to shuffle their schedules to make room for a meeting next week with county commissioners from across the state.

Monday, May 29

Festival a 'mixed bag'

Organizers: Some GOWD events great, others not

For the organizers of Grand Olde West Days, this year's four days of fun had its ups and downs.

Familiar names at the top of Mosquito Open

Steve Dodson and Preston Ivy can change partners all they want, but similar results tend to happen at Yampa Valley Golf Course's Mosquito Open.

A nation gives thanks

VFW, American Legion, community honors fallen veterans

Plato said, "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

Street festival turns out to be grand event

There were no thunderstorms, tornado warnings or downpours to mar this year's Grand Olde West Days street festival Monday.

Freddie Blevins

Freddie Blevins A funeral for Freddie Blevins is at 11 a.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary.

Reverend: Fallen soldiers rest at 'Heaven's Gate'

Maybell honors 14 war veterans buried at its cemetery

Steven Wagner, a 13-year-old student at Craig Middle School, isn't old enough to have a job, let alone join the military. Nonetheless, there he was Monday afternoon, dressed in full World War II-era Navy uniform honoring veterans at Maybell Cemetery.

News briefs for May 30

Northwest Colorado Water Summit is Thursday in Hayden The 2006 Northwest Colorado Water Summit, "Challenges to Our Water Future," the 2006 Water Summit, is at 1 and 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Hayden.

Datebook for May 30

Today 7 p.m. The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meets inside the Platinum Conference Room at the hospital, 785 Russell St.

Sunday, May 28

Business registration rules change Tuesday

The Secretary of State last week issued a final reminder to businesses that, starting Tuesday, all business names must be filed with her office.

Today at Grand Olde West Days

7:30 to 10 a.m. Flapjack Feast, southeast corner of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Street Festival on Yampa Avenue 11 a.m. Memorial Day services at Craig Cemetery 12:30 p.m. Bed Races in downtown Craig 1 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull 2:30 p.m. Square Dance at Yampa Avenue and Victory Way

Civil War veteran's legacy lives on

The final memorial service John Parker attended at Craig Cemetery was to honor veterans who fought in the same war he had. The cemetery was called Fairview back then, and the war was the Civil War.

At a crossroads

Moffat County High School grads say goodbye, look ahead

Although they all wore plain blue or white gowns Saturday, Moffat County High School's class of 2006 spans the spectrum of personalities and futures.

Hard work leads to success

After four years, Grand Olde West planner says it's time to step aside

While the majority of town was still sleeping Saturday, Craig resident Carol Wilson kicked off her whirlwind weekend by waking up at 6 a.m.

Adams (re)rides again

Cowboy wins 2nd title in 3 years on re-ride

Bubba Adams likes to arrive to a bull riding competition several hours early to spend time with his fellow riders and everyone else involved. On Saturday night, Adams talked to the bullfighters before the Professional Bull Riding Discovery Tour's stop at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Datebook for May 29

All day. Grand Olde West Days events continue today. The carnival runs from noon to midnight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The street festival and live music are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Yampa Avenue. An antique tractor pull is at 1 p.m. on East Victory Way. Also today are bed races downtown and Dutch oven cooking demonstrations.

Friday, May 26

Third-grade reading scores improve

Moffat County third-graders performed better on state reading tests this year than last year, but a school district official said Friday there is still work to do.

Grand Olde West Days events

CMS staff profile: Deb Yoast

How did you get into this profession? I had a high school geometry teacher that was awesome and wouldn't give up on me when I wanted to give up on myself. I love math and found how good it feels to help someone.

Birth: Kiersten Rose Chambers

Birth: Philip James Moore Jr.

Blotter for May 25

Death: Keith Gillam Jr.

Sports a special part of Grand Olde West Days

Amid the festivities of Grand Olde West Days this weekend, a sports fan can still get their fill.

Datebook for May 27

All day. Grand Olde West Days events continue today. The Cowboy Action Shoot is at 9:30 a.m. at Cedar Mountain Range. The carnival runs from noon to midnight at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The Colorado Cruisers car show is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wyman Living History Museum. An antique tractor pull is at 1 p.m. on East Victory Way. A parade begins at 4:30 p.m. downtown. The Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour is at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Fun for canine competitors

Dogs of all shapes and sizes run in Maybell agility trials

When properly trained, a dog can be man's best friend. When pets and owners are trained, they win races.

Poaching suspect arrested again

A Grand Junction man accused of poaching an elk near Dinosaur in January is now facing more serious charges.

Death: Gordon Cross

From the press box: My graduation

I don't have a cap and gown, but today I feel like I'm graduating.

Best of the Bulldogs

Headlines from the 2005-06 seasons

Another school year brought another list of new records and bigger accomplishments for the Moffat County High School athletic teams.

Government update for May 27

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Last met:April 26

Briefs for May 27

Thursday, May 25

Seniors, students team up

Jewel Callahan's golfing partners were no match for her Thursday morning.

GOP petitions in

Mathers and Jantz beat deadline for signatures

Both Moffat County Republicans who are petitioning their way onto August's primary ballot have turned in their petitions, the county clerk said Thursday.

News briefs for May 26

Cars vandalized at local dealer Vandals scratched the hoods of 16 cars at Craig Ford on Tuesday night, the dealership's owner said.

Local churches gear up for vacation Bible schools

Calvary Baptist Church 1050 Yampa Ave. Children from 4 years old through sixth grade are invited to join vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 5 through 9. A pre-registration carnival is at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. June 4. The whole family is invited for fun, food, games, ad prizes. Call 824-5222 for information.

Soccer team earns record number of league honors

It's only fitting that after a record season, the Moffat County girls soccer team would have a record number of Western Slope All-League honors.

Police Blotter for May 26

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, May 24 Cheri Lynn Croley-Filloon, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Christina M. Currie: The graduation gamut

I was graduated-out nearly a week before "graduation."

Saddle up

Justin Hegwer earns first saddle with all-around title

Justin Hegwer made a commitment to improve in his rodeo ability this year.

Moffat County Neighbor: Bill Harding

Bill Harding Age: 61 Occupation: It's my job to ensure that qualified veterans have a priority of service in the hiring process.

W. Earl Davis

Willis Earl Davis was born on Feb. 12, 1912, in Hoxie, Kan., to Leonidas J. and Sylvia May (Skidmore) Davis. Earl was 6 years old when his family moved to Craig.

Datebook for May 26

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time is at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The theme is butterflies. Call 824-5116, ext. 405.

Who he's supposed to be

Family gave man reason to end drug and alcohol use

Meet Matt Beckett.

Freddie Blevins

Freddie Blevins, longtime Moffat County resident, died Thursday at The Memorial Hospital.

Digital movement

Local listeners catching satellite radio buzz

Video didn't kill the radio star. And, though it's quickly gaining popularity, it's doubtful satellite radio will, either.

Wednesday, May 24

Nashaly Koemy Medina

Yoshira Basurto Vasquez and Juan Andres Medina announce the birth of Nashaly Koemy Medina at 9:47 p.m. May 20, 2006.

Court date set in jail theft case

A former Moffat County Jail employee accused of stealing $10,000 from the jail has her first court appearance June 13.

Kiddie carnival

Grand Olde West Days offers plenty for children

Car shows and bull-riding may be good for the adults at Grand Olde West Days, but what is there to do for children?

Norisa Navratil: Milkman, come back because we need you

At my house we run out of milk pretty quickly. I mean, you would think if you bought seven gallons of milk on Monday there would be three gallons left on Sunday. Well, ours is gone on Thursday.

Police Blotter for May 25

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, May 22 No bookings reported.

Memorial Day weekend goes to the dogs

The dog agility trials coming to Maybell this weekend are exciting for many canines, but for Spoofer, it's likely just another chance to strut.

Seven named to all-league team

His first Western Slope League meeting was a fun one for Moffat County High School baseball coach Rich Sadvar. Seven of his players were voted to either the league's first team or honorable mention.

May McIntyre: Thanks, everyone, for birthday celebration

I would like to express my appreciation to everyone for helping me celebrate my birthday.

As free as a Bulldog

Saturday ceremonies to send off senior class

Saturday morning will mark the last required trip to Moffat County High School for the graduating class of 2006.

Briefs for May 25

United Way of America honored Xcel Energy last week as a Summit Award recipient, recognizing the company's commitment to the United Way and to community involvement.

Datebook for May 25

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time is at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The theme is butterflies. Call 824-5116, ext. 405.

Students honored with NHS induction, awards

Moffat County High School officials recognized National Honor Society inductees with a ceremony Tuesday evening, followed by Academic Awards Night.

Events planned to honor Craig veterans

Two events this week highlight the importance of recognizing those who have served in the United States' armed forces.

Top of the class

Scholar-athletes honored at banquet

Derek Duran has come a long way since standing on the free-throw line in the final moments of a state basketball playoff game his freshman year.

Tuesday, May 23

Craig woman pleads guilty to forgery

A woman arrested last year on forgery charges after 20 fake $100 bills were used at local retailers pleaded guilty Tuesday to forgery.

Charges dropped in meth case

Prosecutors Tuesday dropped felony theft and forgery charges against a Craig man arrested in December's methamphetamine sweep.

Meth defendant pleads not guilty

A defendant from Decem�--ber's methamphetamine sweep pleaded not guilty to meth distribution and possession charges Tuesday after her lawyer was unable to reach a deal with prosecutors.

New events slated for Grand Olde West Days

Grand Olde West Days may be in its 16th year of celebrating Western heritage, but organizers keep finding new events to change the face of the four-day festival.

Our View: Teaching us a thing or two

She's energetic. She's innovative. She's daring, even.

Probation for meth defendant

A judge on Tuesday sentenced one of the defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep to three years of probation.

Police Blotter for May 24

Craig Police Department Monday, May 22 Officers received four reports of vandalism.

Runaway inmate's case continued

A plea agreement hearing for an inmate who fled from police custody late last year was continued Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

Maddisyn Eileen Marie VanGrandt

Michelle M. and Jaceson A. VanGrandt, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Maddisyn Eileen Marie Van�--Grandt, at 5:55 p.m. May 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Man accused of attempted murder pleads not guilty

A Craig man arrested after a domestic dispute at his home in January pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and assault charges.

Datebook for May 24

3:30 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig has a Cool Pool Outta School Party. Members will be transported to the pool. Swimming for members is at 3:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30, and families are invited. There is no charge for the party or dinner. Call 826-0411.

Nathane Dee Hanes

Michelle and Cody Hanes, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Nathane Dee Hanes, at 9:31 a.m. May 16, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

No playing around

East Elementary School students learn the dangers of farm life

Exit a vehicle near a downed power line the wrong way, and you could die. Stand behind a horse that's a little bit rowdy, and you could die.

Swimmers keep improving to the last stroke

Now they know what it will take. Moffat County boys team members, freshmen Cole Worsley and Cody Poirot and sophomores Andrew Aultman and Tyler Kalsow, had never swam at a high school state meet.

Commissioners approve Road and Bridge purchases

The Moffat County Commissioners approved three items Tuesday requested by the Road and Bridge Department.

City council purchases trash truck, fixes curbs

The Craig City Council approved the purchase of a trash truck during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Monday, May 22

Speak up for May 23

No Spanish pages I agree, it is your job to communicate the news and information to your readers. And since this is America, your responsibility and loyalty should be to Americans.

Police blotter for May 23

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, May 18 Michael E. Vail, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.

No plea deal yet in theft, forgery case

One of the suspects from December's methamphetamine sweep will have to wait until today before a judge accepts a plea deal in his cases.

Frank J. Harvey

Frank James Harvey was called home to be with his Lord on May 9, 2006. Frank was born to Frank J. and Cordelia Jewett Harvey in Sterling on Sept. 22, 1920.

Kip R. Holdridge

A Craig resident graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., on May 19.

Brendan Beachman, Treva Tyler

Two Craig residents were named to the Montana State University honor roll for the 2006 spring semester.

Man accused of breaking into neighbor's apartment

Police arrested a Craig man on felony burglary charges last week after his neighbor said he broke into her apartment and stole a dartboard.

Music for all ages at Grand Olde West Days

This year's four-day celebration of the 16th annual Grand Olde West Days is loaded with attractions for music lovers.

Barbara K. Conder

Barbara "Bobbie" K. Conder died April 23, 2006, in Phoenix. Bobbie resided in Craig from 1969 to 1985, then she and her husband retired to live in Arizona. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" C. Conder; daughters, Carla and Patty; and stepchildren, Steve, Sharon and Gary. Twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and her favorite dog, Bobette, also survive.

News briefs for May 23

Officials offer tips for tick season State health officials are advising travelers to the mountains to be aware that it is tick season and to take a few simple precautions to prevent tick bites. There are several diseases that can be transmitted by ticks in Colorado, and avoiding tick bites is the best prevention.

In the line of duty

Local crews react to Denver firefighter's death

Michael Young said a colleague's death has left a somber mood at Denver fire stations.

Datebook for May 23

Today 7 p.m. The Rev. Mark Brazee ministers at New Creation Church in Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, in recognition of the church's five-year anniversary.

Earl Davis

Earl Davis, longtime Craig resident, died Sunday at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, May 21

'With us in spirit'

Picnic pays homage to Hometown Heroes

The chair is empty. The plate has only a slice of lemon and some salt. A black napkin and a white candle rest nearby. No one will ever sit in this chair. No food will touch this plate.

New book celebrates Northwest Colorado

After years of writing poetry, David Morris decided he wanted to share his work.

Annual event cleans Craig

When arriving at Craig City Park on Sunday afternoon, a woman discarding appliances saw the crew draining refrigerators of Freon and said, "That's a smart idea."

Briefs for May 22

Craig Fire/Rescue crews responded to a report of smoke at Kmart at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bike trek draws 200 riders to Maybell

This tiny town had more than twice its usual population Saturday morning, when spandex-clad bicyclists from across the state converged here.

Datebook for May 22

2 p.m. AARP chamber 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Dr. Allan Reishus gives a presentation on his tour of Antarctica. Call 824-5123.

Why we fight

Veteran Bud Nelson finds the answer at home in Craig

The hall is quiet. A light breeze blows past the open doorway, but it does little to quell the heat produced by this warm summer day. Outside, children are playing games and goofing around. Their parents sit on lawn chairs, watching and in between glimpses, smiling and chatting amiably.

The winning wager

Friendly bet helps boys relay team place at state

It took some effort to get Malcolm Hillewaert out for track. Moffat County coach Gary Tague talked to him all school year about going out. Tague also told some of Hillwaert's friends who were throwers on the track team that if they got him to come out, he'd buy them a meal.

Friday, May 19

Sidewalk increases access to fishing pond

When Pam Lathrop had a hard time getting children with disabilities close enough to Freeman Reservoir to do a little fishing, she thought there had to be a better way.

International Week celebrates culture

On Monday morning, students at East Elementary had their passports checked and boarded a flight bound for Brazil. And, they didn't have to leave the East gymnasium to do it.

Exhibit examines soldiers' sacrifices

Wars are often measured in dollars and not by the blood of soldiers fighting them.

School record gets boys into finals

LAKEWOOD -- Gary Tague has watched a lot of state track meets in his life. Still, the 27-year veteran Moffat County track coach is amazed every time he comes to Denver for the end of the season.

Education calendar for May 20

Ag Day showcases country life

A smile grew across the face of Florence Van Tassel when she told Sunset Elementary School fourth graders how laundry was done when she was a child.

Troopers prepare to hand out tickets

Annual seat belt awareness program targets unbuckled drivers

More than half of the 460 people who died on Colorado highways in 2005 weren't wearing their seat belts, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Honor and respect

Community members gather today for one thing.

CMS staff profile: Karen Kowach

Datebook for May 20

Briefly for May 20

Graduation: Sheila Ann McNicol

Police Blotter for May 18

Pottinger first Teacher of the Year

No one can accuse Amy Pottinger of accepting the status quo.

Craig soldier returns to Afghanistan after visit home

A Craig native and Army specialist left Friday morning to continue his role in the war against terrorism.

Emma Anne Winn

Girls continue tradition of success

LAKEWOOD -- The tradition continues. Going into the 2006 Colorado State Track Meet, the Moffat County girls track team had a 3,200-meter relay team that placed in 14 of the 15 meets. The team of freshman Alicia Nelson and sophomores Jeacey Robinson, Angie Charchalis and Jorgiea Raftopoulos made it 15 of 16 years with a seventh-place finish on Friday.

Government update for May 20

Thursday, May 18

County jail employee charged in $10K theft

The District Attorney's Office on Thursday charged a former food service manager at the Moffat County Jail with felony theft on suspicion of bilking the jail of more than $10,000.

New CD offers listeners sounds of past

A CD is now available that chronicles more than 200 years of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County history.

Craig man leads police on 120 mph car chase

A Craig man led police on a high-speed chase east of Craig on Wednesday, hitting speeds of about 120 mph before being arrested, Colorado State Patrol said Thursday.

Letter: Craig Post Office

'It's scary to think about'

Underage drinking forum presents statistics, calls community to action

The No. 1 place for children to get alcohol is from their parents' stash at home, according to research.

Police blotter for May 17

Touch of Spice: All the world is a stage

Katie has been begging for her turn in the spotlight since she attended Nikki's preschool program.

Letter: Thelma Kirby

Church celebrates fifth anniversary

Pastor: Diverse congregation has flourished, been well-received in Craig

Pastor Jason Haskell is looking forward to the five-year anniversary of the New Creation Church that he and his wife, Tracey, pioneered in 2001.

Splishin' and splashin'

When swimmers have time to make up songs between intervals, you know it's taper time.

Craig's house of cards

Bridgette Harris believes in the power of cards.

The show must go on

Ailments won't hinder state runs for track team

Kiera Moore celebrated the end of the track season with a cookie dough party.

Ray Iacovetto: 1916-2006

Funeral services for Ray Iacovetto were Wednesday, May 17 in Phippsburg. He was buried in the Yampa cemetery.

Getting rid of summer 'skeeters

From irrigated fields to backyard ponds, standing water in the summer means mosquito-breeding season, and that keeps Moffat County Pest Management Supervisor Chad Sasges very busy.

Wednesday, May 17

MCTA director a tourist at heart

The new executive director of the Moffat County Tourism Association is no stranger to tourism in Northwest Colorado.

Man accused of poaching due in court

A Grand Junction man who wildlife officials say poached an elk near Dinosaur will be arraigned next week in a Meeker courtroom.

Elkhead road reopens

The temporary detour road across Elkhead Reservoir has reopened to traffic because the high waters caused by spring runoff have subsided.

Wedding: Crane-Young

Blotter: May 18

Letter: Lisa Balstad

Letter: Jane Krogman

Phil'n good

Despite stroke, Goodwin takes

The presidency of the Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association has been hard on those who accepted it; the organization has had three presidents in as many years, but Phil Goodwin never expected the physical toll it would take on him.

Partnership plans to aid clean-up

When coming to Craig for the first time, prospective business owner Maurits de Blank didn't like what he saw. In fact, his first reaction was to turn around and head back the way he came.

Datebook for May 18

Craig to honor veterans at Hometown Heroes Picnic

Vietnam veteran Bud Nelson returned home in 1968, fresh off the Tet Offensive. Instead of a hero's welcome, he was greeted by a country of hostile demonstrators who opposed the war and the troops fighting it.

Tuesday, May 16

Meth case pushed back

Lawyer wants to talk to other defendant

The lawyer for one of the defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep wants more time to gather information before accepting a plea deal for his client, he said Tuesday.

Teen pleads not guilty in counterfeiting case

A Craig teenager pleaded not guilty in district court to a charge relating to the production of phony $100 bills that police said were used to defraud local stores.

Datebook for May 17

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part-nership has its annual meeting. New board members will be elected. Call Tim Gibbs at 826-2039.


Brenda and Jeff Hershiser announce the engagement of their daughter Jenasee Renee Hershiser to James Lopez, son of Juan Lopez, of Craig, and Angelina Navarro, of Los Angeles.

Tamie Greenwood

Tamie Greenwood is this year's recipient of the Albin Salton Memorial Scholarship, created to support a student enrolled in the nursing program at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Police blotter for May 17

Jeffery Michael Venham, 31, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Our View: A special event

The walls of the Moffat County High School aquatics center boomed loudly as parents and volunteers chanted the names of swimmers in Saturday's Special Olympic Summer Games.

Dog fight

County wants unlimited prairie dog hunts

A proposal to limit prairie dog hunting in Colorado is meeting stiff resistance from Moffat County officials.

Qualifications exceed expectations

You can't do much better than exceeding your coach's expectations. That was the case for the Moffat County boys swim team at the Western Slope Championships on Friday and Saturday in Montrose.

30 miles of fun

Cyclists gear up for Maybell ride

You'd think 77-year-old legs would need some preparation for a 30-mile bike ride and, in most cases, you'd be right.

Breaking free from meth

Program helps clients escape cycle of abuse

Craig resident Sharyn Sanborn fell into the same trap that snares so many -- she tried methamphetamine. A year later, she was battling addiction and legal problems.

Tamera Brown: Sponsors, speakers support conference

On April 27, the eighth-grade girls at Craig Middle School were able to attend the annual Girls to Women Conference at the Holiday Inn. The purpose of this conference is to stimulate the girls' interest in a variety of professional careers. The conference had a great start with inspirational talks by Sari Cobb and Dr. Carolyn Gochee. The girls then listened to guest presenters discuss aspects of their careers. A delicious lunch was served to 84 girls by a smiling Holiday Inn staff. During the afternoon, the girls had a "Reality Check" by playing a financial game invented by Renee Chason. The game helped to reinforce the idea of good career choices. Before leaving the conference in the afternoon, the girls were shown a slide show of their day.

Golf duo ties at state

Innes, Nicholson finish 16th at state tournament

Megan Innes and Amber Nicholson got their wish. The Moffat County golfers hoped that they would perform similarly at the Class 4A State Golf Tour�--nament at Pueblo's Elmwood Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday. That way, they would both be happy together or share sadness.

Laura Day: Paralegal program should have been kept

I am graduated (earlier this month) from Colorado Northwestern Community College, where I have attended classes at the Craig campus. I have earned my associates degree in paralegal studies taught by Cathy Carpenter, who was my instructor and advisor, and will remain my friend.

Monday, May 15

Veteran registration increases

Since U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and U.S. Rep. John Salazar came to Craig on May 5, the Moffat County Veterans Service Office has seen a steady stream of vets signing up for health care benefits.

Economic partnership meeting Wednesday

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part�--nership will put forth its goals for 2006 and elect new board members at its annual meeting Wednesday.

Library board discusses money

The Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees will look into a policy amendment to its cash handling policy to be certain that money is dealt with properly.

Serving the world

Fred and Joy Blevins have owned Browns Park Store for 21 years

Fred and Joy Blevins opened the Browns Park Store in 1985 to get away from all the snow in Steamboat Springs. In the past 21 years, the small trailer has seen visitors from across the country and around the world.

Police blotter for May 16

Officers received an animal complaint. Officers received a report of a hit-and-run accident. Officers received a report of trespass.

Raymond Iacovetto

Raymond Iacovetto, a longtime Phippsburg resident, died Sunday in Grand Junction.

Tayla Kay Kemry

Sabrina Kay Kemry and Daryl Robert Kemry, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Tayla Kay Kemry, at 1:19 p.m. May 13, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.


Laura Henderson, of Craig, announces the engagement and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Ivy Henderson, to Luke Logan, son of Danny and Vinene Logan of Andover, Kan. Ivy is also the daughter of Gary Henderson, of Craig.

Speak Up for May 16

I would like to thank all the people and businesses that participated in the fundraising of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. The dinner that we attended at the Holiday Inn on April 29 was very special to me and my family. It was heart-warming to see that so many people care about the children of this community.

Publisher's notebook: Reaching all readers

The Craig Daily Press publishes about 600 pages of news each month. In any given month, there are no more than six pages written only in Spanish, which are stories that have previously run in our paper in English.

Kaylese Dawn Knez

Trent and Katy Knez announce the birth of Kaylese Dawn Knez at 3:09 p.m. May 11, 2006, in Gillette, Wyo.

Datebook for May 16

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

Sunday, May 14

Patty Peters: Thanks for support in pet adoption event

To the editor: To help celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week from May 7 to 13, the Humane Society of Moffat County had an Adopt-A-Thon on May 6.

Datebook for May 15

Today 5:30 p.m. Moffat County Library Board of Trustees meets at the Craig branch, 570 Green St.

'So far, so good' for new dentist

Coming from North Carolina, Gregory Reinhold knows a thing or two about Southern hospitality.

The great eight

Girls track team qualifies for eight state events with eight girls

All Erin Urbanoski needed was one jump. The Moffat County freshman jumped a personal best 17 feet, 1 inch on her second jump in the Class 4A Regional Track Meet on Saturday.

'Brave in the attempt'

Competition means more than winning for Special Olympians

The important thing in these Olympics is not so much winning as taking part.

Memorial Hospital staff elects anesthesiologist as new chief

When the medical staff from The Memorial Hospital went looking for a new chief of staff last week, they turned to a familiar face.

'Not much stops her'

Battle between local youth and disability is a one-sided affair

Maybe it was nervous butterflies, or perhaps the buzz of anticipation.

No more fourths

Boys track team qualifies for seven events at state

Revenge is sweet. Last year, a young Moffat County boys track team finished one spot from qualifying for the state meet in five races. Most of that team returned a year older, a year wiser and a year faster, and they earned state berths.

Friday, May 12

Statewide event targets 'big tobacco'

Recently a local Get R!EAL coalition participated in a statewide event called "Not for Sale, Big Tobacco." We took pictures around town of students standing by tobacco displays and advertisements. After that, we put together a tri-fold display with pictures and quotes. We displayed this at the Children's Festival in Centennial Mall on April 22 and at Craig Middle School on April 26.

Government Update for May 13

• Commissioners tabled discussion of the county's annual fire operating plan. Commissioners said they wanted more time to review the plan before voting on it. The plan lays out how the county will cooperate with other agencies if there is a wildfire.

Singing swingers

State-bound golfers focus on tunes to stay relaxed

Golf is supposed to be a quiet sport. This year's Moffat County High School girls golf team is an exception.

BLM leases 150,000 acres

Ferret habitat among areas that could be drilled

The Bureau of Land Management this week leased the mineral rights to more than 150,000 acres of public land in Colorado.

Teen gets probation in wreck

Victim's father hopes teens learn from daughter's death

A judge Friday sentenced a Meeker teen to probation and community service for his role in a rollover car accident that took the life of his cousin last fall.

'It could happen again'

Specialists: Education can prevent some accidents

Underage drinking is not an innocent rite of passage, specialists from the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition say. Prolonged abuse and driving while intoxicated are just a few of the pitfalls that await underage drinkers, they contend.

CNCC adds to programs

Expect positive changes to Colorado Northwestern Community College to be finished by the fall semester, first-year college president John Boyd said.

Police blotter for May 13

Officers received a report of vandalism. Officers received an animal complaint. Officers received a report of a sex crime. Officers received a report of fraud.

Rylee Payton Johnson

Kami and Sammy David Johnson, of Aurora, announce the birth of their daughter, Rylee Payton Johnson, at 5 a.m. April 26, 2006, at the University of Denver Hospital.

Eric Wellman

The Larimer County 4-H Youth Foundation has awarded Eric Douglas Wellman, of Hamilton, the John Worthington Memorial Scholarship. Douglas, a senior at Moffat County High School, is a member of the National Honor Society and is taking classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Jenna Isabelle Kleckler

Jenna Isabelle Kleckler, daughter of Carrie and Kevin Kleckler, of Hayden, was born at 11 p.m. April 22, 2006.

Luviano family: Thank you for support during this tough time

We would like to thank the Craig community for all the help and support during the recent illness and passing of our son and brother, Paul G. Luviano Jr. We are especially thankful to First Baptist Church and Pastor Len Browning. They not only supported us during the last few weeks when Paul came home to be with his family, but they also supported Tammy and Brenna during the months when the family was separated.

Bulldogs upset in 3,200

Battle Mountain takes surprise win in Day 1 of regionals

There weren't a lot of surprises at Friday's Class 4A regional track meet, but the boys 3,200-meter relay was an exception.

Bonnie Wrenn Banks: What moms really want

What if mothers were the ones who composed Mother's Day cards? The moms I know would jump at the chance. And we'd do the job very differently.

Big week for teen bands

Battle sets stage for spring concert

At Tuesday's auditions for Moffat County High School's Battle of the Bands, four eager groups were hurling trash-talking insults before they even took the stage.

Bands give 'superior' performances

A few students competing in the Battle of the Bands event will have an edge, carrying performance experience from the Large Group Festival, held April 20 at Steamboat Springs High School.

Our View: Let the Sunshine in

The Colorado Open Meetings Act requires public entities to open their meetings to community members for attendance, comment and debate.

Datebook for May 13

Craig letter carriers collect nonperishable food items for the national Stamp Out Hunger Drive. Leave bags with items by mailbox for pick-up. Visit

Education calendar for May 13

Wednesday, May 17 1 p.m. Moffat County High School's drama team presents "Nose Tree" in East Elementary School gym.

John Klein

Lifelong Meeker resident John Klein died May 11, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital.

Josephine Arlene Selbe

A memorial for Josephine Arlene Selbe is at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs.

Tia Brannan

Tia Brannan has received awards for the most outstanding female rodeo athlete and outstanding overall rodeo athlete. Brannan, a freshmen at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., is going to school on rodeo and academic scholarships.

From the pressbox: Reverse the curse

I opened my big mouth. Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about how well the Moffat County spring sports teams were doing. I went on and on about how I thought the baseball team was the best group in the school this year, the girls golf team was the best in the region and about the girls soccer team getting close to making the playoffs.

Thursday, May 11

Police Blotter for May 12

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, May 10 Chester Harry Johns, 42, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Datebook for May 12

Today 10 to 11 a.m. Friday playgroup meets at the north side of City Park, weather permitting. Call Karra at 326-8553.

Hospital CEO says he'll focus on recruitment

Although a $21 million new hospital project is lying in wait, The Memorial Hospital administrator George Rohrich is turning his attention to a more immediate need.

A blink away

Boys swim team goes after state times at regionals

Less than a second. That's the difference between the state-qualifying standard and Moffat County's 200-meter freestyle-relay team's best time.

Oil shale boom weighs on officials

The prospect of another oil shale boom hitting Northwest Colorado continues to be a cause for concern for local governments.

County jail trying to stop inmate assaults

Jail inmates assaulting accused sex offenders is nothing new, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said this week.

Moffat County Neighbor: Elwood Eisenhauer

Elwood Eisenhauer Age: 42 Occupation: Shop owner, Ike's Automatic Transmission Shop

Remember Mom

Craig has plenty of options for Mother's Day presents

Mother's Day often includes the smell of flowers, the taste of chocolate and the rhyme of a heartfelt card.

Baptist church hosts farewell party for Swansons

Yampa Valley Baptist Church is hosting a farewell open house for George and Laura Swanson.

D. Morgan: Senator contradicts his message in Craig

Although I personally did not take too much hope away from the meeting, I'm sure all of us who served in the military appreciated U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and Rep. John Salazar coming to Craig on May 5 to speak to us regarding a Veterans Affairs medical facility in Northwest Colorado.

Briefs for May 12

The 2006 Big Blue Football Camp will be in the afternoon from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 22, 23 and 24 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Making a good first impression

Clean-up aims to beautify Craig, help residents avoid citations

How many citations have code enforcement officers issued since Craig City Council adopted stiffer nuisance policies in April?

Wednesday, May 10

'Sky's the limit'

High school grad rises above racism, stereotypes to sit with president, policymakers

Mark Juarez, a 1997 graduate of Moffat County High School, rose from humble beginnings to dine with President Bush, aid in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and counsel policymakers such as Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

Schools promote safe biking

Two bike accidents sent children to the hospital Sunday, so bike safety is on many parents' minds.

Sanchez case headed to District Court

Witnesses testified Wednesday that a Craig man sold more than 14 grams of methamphetamine to an informant in September.

Don Davidson: Goodbye to faculty at Craig Intermediate

To the editor: Somebody once said that the trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off! One of Craig's best is retiring this year, and the students and the staff at Craig Intermediate School are going to be sad to see him go.

Police blotter for May 11

Moffat County Jail Report No bookings reported.


Christy Ann Sauvageau and Jabcob Sean Forward announce their engagement.

Aidan Thomas Garrett

Jaime and Tracey Garrett, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Aidan Thomas Garrett, at 9:13 p.m. May 6, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Mark Hastings

The University of Northern Colorado announces that Mark Hastings graduated May 6 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in finance. His parents are Philip and Pam Hastings, of Craig.

Guilty plea in meth case

A Craig woman pleaded guilty Monday to methamphetamine possession, a charge that could send her to prison for 15 months.

Craig man gets three years for child abuse

A Craig man will serve three years in prison for placing a 2-year-old boy in bath water so hot it caused third-degree burns, a judge ruled this week.

Groups team up for awareness walk

Someone needs to stand up for victims, say members of a local organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence.

Track teams take on the region

Goals are state qualifications for boys, regional title for girls

At last year's regional track meet, Moffat County's Andrew Drake found out his kryptonite: the large yellow-orange sphere in the sky.

Tuesday, May 9

Kirsten Ann Peed

Brad Olden and Kelly Ann Peed, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Kirsten Ann Peed, at 1:18 a.m. May 3, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Students win journalism awards

Katy Gray knew her Moffat County High School journalism class was full of talented and hard-working students who collaborate to put out Post Script, the high school's newspaper, each month.

Moffat County commissioners wrap-up

• Commissioners tabled discussion of the county's annual fire operating plan until next week. Commissioners said they wanted more time to review the plan before voting on it. The plan lays out how the county would cooperate with other agencies if there is a wildfire.

Police blotter for May 10

Candice M. Morrow, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of a hallucinogen with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Banyan Lyon Rehmel

Taig Rehmel and Andrea Curran, of Oak Creek, announce the birth of their son, Banyan Lyon Rehmel, at 6:24 p.m. April 30, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.


Bill and Ramona Green, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter Lacey Green to JD Sexton, son of Danny and Kathie Sexton, of Laporte.


Jerry and Sherrie Schell of Clifton, formerly of Craig, announce the engagement of their son Bryce C. Schell to Jessica K. Taramarcaz, daughter of Paul and Sharon Taramarcaz of Gunnison.

Kyle Charles Appley (Gerini)

Chuck and AnnaMarie Appley (Gerini) of Cumberland, Ind., announce the birth of their son, Kyle Charles Appley, at 10:04 p.m. April 25, 2006, at Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel, Ind.

News briefs for May 11

Driver's license offices closed The Craig, Meeker and Rangely Department of Revenue driver's license offices will be closed May 22 through June 3.

Our View: Vets deserve more

Health care for veterans has been a hot topic lately -- it brought U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and his brother, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, to Craig on Friday.

Doris Helen St. Louis

A graveside memorial for Doris Helen St. Louis is at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Reader Cemetery in Savery, Wyo.

Brandy Olsen

Brandy Olsen recently earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies (elementary education) from Adams State College in Alamosa.


Bobbi Jo Mitchell, formerly of Craig, was wed to Vince McIntire of Silver City, N.M., on March 15, 2006, in Socorro, N.M. The couple will reside in Socorro. A June 16 reception is planned for the couple.

Braxton Allen Case

Jeremiah and Lizzy Case, of Walden, announce the birth of their son, Braxton Allen Case, at 8 p.m. April 29, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Council considers street safety

The Craig City Council on Tuesday discussed the removal of four-way stop signs at Sixth and School streets and at Sixth and Ranney streets.

GRAMNET: Woman had mushrooms, cocaine

A Craig woman had a quarter pound of hallucinogenic mushrooms and 2 ounces of cocaine with her when deputies pulled her over last week, a narcotics officer said Tuesday.

Bulldogs take two

Two golfers qualify for state; team places second

Meghan Innes has a bone to pick with golfing legend Jack Nicholas. "His course was beautiful, but it wasn't very forgiving," the Moffat County sophomore said after playing the Nicholas-designed Aspen Glen Golf Club. "If you stay safe, you're OK, but one bad shot, and you're in trouble."

Briefs for May 10

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will soon add a new service. The organization purchased a 14-passenger mini-bus a month ago that will shuttle youths to and from the club this summer. Body and vinyl work are being done to the bus and decals are being added.

Gabriel Lee Scott Hering

Patrick and Deana Miller, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Lee Scott Hering, at 5:18 a.m. April 29, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Community college graduates 200 students

The 43rd annual Colorado Northwestern Community College commencement ceremony was at the CNCC-Rangely campus in the Weiss Activity Center on Saturday.

Datebook for May 10

5:30 p.m. Craig Youth Hockey has its monthly meeting at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena. Call Mike at 824-4411 or Mark at 824-8211.

Datebook for May 11

Thursday, May 11 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at the home of Patti Askew. "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" by Umberto Eco will be reviewed by Susie Begam-Violette. Call 826-0412.

Chamber presents honors, goals

Members say they want to improve service

Tears welled in the eyes of Craig resident Delia Eisenhauer as she received a standing ovation from Craig's business community.

Monday, May 8

Woman sentenced to 6 years

Longest term yet in meth sweep

A judge Monday sentenced one of the 15 people arrested in December's methamphetamine sweep to six years in prison.

Briefs for May 9

After helping Dinosaur Community Charter School secure conditional approval for a charter application from Denver's Charter School Institute on April 24, Principal Dana Forbes will not be returning for the 2006-07 school year.

Fishing for answers

Team researches non-native species in the Yampa

John Hawkins speaks of the Yampa River with reverence. "The Yampa is unique," he said Friday near its bank west of Craig. "It is one of the last free-flowing rivers. It has a natural ecosystem, so it's special."

Olde West Days to kick off summer

The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer with the celebration of Grand Olde West Days in Craig. The event runs May 26 to 29 and includes a car show, bull riding, parades and music, topped off with craft and food booths.

Datebook for May 9

Noon to 1 p.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce annual meeting is at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The cost is $15 a person. People interested in learning more about the Chamber, its accomplishments and its goals for 2006 are welcome. To RSVP, call 824-5689.

Sound Off for May 9

As the illegal immigration debate goes on, I would like to say that at my home, my good neighbors are welcome. I expect them to knock on the door for me to admit them. I don't expect them to just walk through my unlocked door and expect from me the privileges of family -- not only meals and shelter, but also their health care, schooling, etc. And if I should refuse to provide these things, I would not appreciate their demonstrating and complaining to the world how heartless I am.

Chamber's annual meeting is today

The Craig Chamber of Commerce will lay out its goals for 2006 at its annual meeting today.

Police blotter for May 9

Officers received a report of trespass. Officers received a harassment call. Officers received a report of shots fired.

'Their day to shine'

World Games on the line for Special Olympians

A chance to compete in the 2007 World Games in China will be at stake this weekend for the 139 athletes and 15 teams participating in the Special Olympics competition in Craig. And, if you don't think competitors take the games seriously, think again, a coordinator said.

Joseph Boyd

Joseph "Joe" Boyd, former longtime Hayden resident, died Sunday in Denver.

Sunday, May 7

Colowyo company changes its name

The company that owns a local coal mine changed its name last week -- but not its operations or its home base.

Adopt-A-Thon benefits shelter

Parents could barely pull their children away from the fuzzy kittens and licking dogs. The Humane Society of Moffat County hosted an Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday at Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply to attract adoptive families and raise money for the organization.

Datebook for May 8

4 p.m. The Craig Poetry Group meets in The Bookstore at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. Call Cheryl Miller at 824-3990.

Koy James Dilldine

Brian and Coty Dilldine announce the birth of their son, Koy James Dilldine, at 6:46 p.m. April 21, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

The longest loss

Baseball team ends season with 10-inning thriller

Members of the Moffat County baseball team stood around the truck bed silently. They were trying to sort through the swarming emotions in their heads after the season finished before they had hoped: it hurt, it was exhausting and it was over.

Bridging the divide

Celebration unites communities split by national issues

Immigration laws. Amnesty proposals. A giant wall separating America from Mexico. These issues exist for politicians and pundits, the Rev. Jose Saenz said, and were the furthest thing from everyone's minds Saturday during the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The great outdoors

New business takes retiring fire management officer from the forest to the water

For Craig resident and outdoors guru Mike Rieser, it's been a lifetime spent in the open air. Unfortunately, his office at the Little Snake Field Office for the Bureau of Land Management doesn't even have a window.

Running their course

Cowboys, 'city slickers' drive herd to Big Gulch

It wasn't exactly a thundering herd that strolled down U.S. Highway 40 -- after all, sprinting along a paved road isn't good for the hooves.

Friday, May 5

Hospital releases statement

CEO: Investigation finds no cases of fraud, abuse

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees released a statement Friday indicating that an ongoing investigation has revealed no evidence supporting allegations of Medicare fraud and abuse.

Speaker series broadcast to Craig, around the world

A broadcast from Atlanta was beamed around the world Friday to 800,000 viewers in 600 cities and 20 countries, including 75 people at First Christian Church.

Craig students eager to see D.C.

Craig Middle School teacher Courtney Jenison fondly remembers her experience as an eighth-grader, laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Baseball players show versatility

Limited numbers allow team members to branch out

Sophomore Robert Daniels had never played shortstop, and sophomore Anthony Flores had never played catcher.

Our View: Going to the dogs

Most dog owners probably don't like Craig's leash law.

JV girls earn first win in finale

Player: 'We went from being an OK team to being a team that worked together'

The Moffat County girls JV soccer team saved the best for last.

News briefs for May 6

Bull riding competition May 27 The Grand Olde West Days Bull Riding Competition, a Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event, hits Moffat County Fairgrounds Arena on May 27.

Police blotter for May 6

Moffat County Jail Report Thursday, May 4 No bookings reported.

Mike George Thomas

Mike G. Thomas, 88, passed away April 28, 2006, in Grand Junction. He was born Oct. 8, 1917, in New Brunswick, N.J., the son of Nick and Evanth�--a Prevelanak�--s Thomas. Mike's parents emigrated from the Island of Crete.

Paul G. Luviano Jr.

Paul Galvin Luviano Jr. was born on Sept. 2, 1982, in Kansas City, Kan. His parents are Paul G. and Tammy (Fox) Luviano. He was raised and attended school in Kansas City. After high school, Paul attended Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan., for one year.

Datebook for May 6

Today 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Habitat for Humanity has a workday at its first Craig project home, 745 Yampa Ave. Take hammers, pry bars, brick chisels and crowbars. Call Greg Smith at 824-4020, John Bouldin at 824-5459 or Vicki Burns at 824-3701.

Mine safety hits home

Energy producers address hot topic

Twenty-two people died in coal mine accidents last year. Twenty-six have died already this year.

'Considering consequences'

Sixth-graders graduate from Drug Abuse Resistance Education program

Carolyn Wade was as excited as the parents Wednesday morning in the CMS auditorium, who watched proudly as their sixth-grade children graduated from the 10-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.

Salazars visit vets

Congressmen hope to have clinic for veterans in Craig

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar is "cautiously optimistic" that a health clinic for veterans will be built in Northwest Colorado.

Thursday, May 4

4-H Purple Circle Swine Club: Thanks to Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply

To the editor: We would like to thank Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply for the generosity it extended to our 4-H pig club.

Police blotter for May 5

Moffat County Jail Report Wednesday, May 3 Faith Hope Pruitt, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail to serve time for a previous offense.

News briefs for May 5

CNCC honors students, staff Gene Bilodeau, Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus dean, will provide greetings and introduce the college's new president, John Boyd, to begin the Craig campus recognition ceremony at 6 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

State fire bill sparks debate in county

A bill in the Colorado Senate aimed at fighting wildfires has Moffat County commissioners fired up.

Hospital plans to announce decision

A special meeting of The Memorial Hospital board of trustees Thursday night failed to produce a decision or statement about an investigation into possible patient neglect and Medicare fraud.

Salazars coming to Craig today

Sen. Ken Salazar will discuss ways to provide health care for Northwest Colorado veterans during a meeting today in Craig.

School district asks residents to participate in seminar

A nationwide program to improve schools is gaining traction in Colorado.

Sound of music inspires great-grandchildren

The hills surrounding Moffat County High School soon will be alive with melodies from the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, the family whose story was featured in "The Sound of Music."

Locals land in lock-up looking for loot

Some of Craig's leading residents were in jail Thursday, awaiting "bail" from their friends and relatives as part of a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Power program addresses needs

A new power plant technology program is gaining steam as students head toward enrollment in the fall at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Soccer team sums up season

Goal just out of reach, but team much improved

If the Moffat County girls soccer team summed up its record-breaking season with its final game.

Craig Poets Society

Group provides platform for local lyricists

Moffat County's open spaces provide the ideal breeding ground for folks like David Morris, who process outdoor experience through the written word and wish to cultivate their poetic side.

Daily Press announces new assistant editor

The Craig Daily Press has a new assistant editor.

Christina M. Currie: Spelling B

It may be a little egotistical of me, but I feel like I've got a pretty firm grasp on the English language. I was a professional writer for 11 years, and despite public perception, reporters work very hard to ensure that what they print is well-written and free of misspellings and typographical errors.

Datebook for May 5

Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maximum Impact Simulcast is live via satellite at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way, with John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Tim Sanders, Patrick Lencioni, Kathy Ireland, Mark Sam-born, J.C. Watts, Peyton Manning and Archie Manning. Call 824-6024.

Celebration aims to unite communities

America and Mexico -- two countries born on the backs of citizen soldiers fighting for independence. The two countries soon will celebrate a holiday of significance, a holiday of freedom.

Wednesday, May 3

Lawyers close to agreement

Man accused of attempted murder

The lawyer for a Craig man charged with attempted murder is close to working out a deal with prosecutors, she said Wednesday.

Dr. Allan Reishus: Health fair is good, but no substitute for exams

To the editor: This year's 9Health Fair in Craig was certainly a success, as noted on Monday's front page. However, the statement that the $30 blood test offered "would otherwise cost $3,000" needs to be corrected.

News briefs for May 4

Children invited to ride The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is sponsoring the "Patriotic Kids" in the Grand Olde West Days parade May 27.

Police blotter for May 4

Moffat County Jail Report Tuesday, May 2 Jamie Lynette Mitchell, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Robert Raymond Himmerich

Robert Raymond Himmerich passed away April 29, 2006, of natural causes.

Craig Middle School eighth-grade teachers: Thanks to community participants in seminar

To the editor: On April 27, eighth-grade boys at Craig Middle School explored career opportunities in the first Boys to Men Seminar.

Homecoming queen competes at state level

When Adriane Zachary was voted homecoming queen in October, she had no idea it would lead to bigger competitions at the state and possibly national levels.

New rules for vehicle registration

The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office is no longer accepting foreign driver's licenses and birth certificates as identification for motor vehicle registration and titles.

Killer B's

Moffat County baseball team hopes to get two W's this weekend

Rich Sadvar spent a lot of time at the Western Slope League baseball meeting this week trying to help the league coaches get his players' names right.

Florence E. Warrick

Florence "Flossie" Warrick, 85, former Craig and Steamboat Springs resident, passed away April 30, 2006, at her home in Grand Junction because of complications from lymphoma.

Jane Krogman: Chapman donation truly appreciated

To the editor: Earlier this week, JB Chapman attended the Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee (PAC) meeting, presenting a check for $1,448 to the committee.

Not guilty plea in meth case

One of the defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep pleaded not guilty Wednesday to possession and distribution of meth.

EDP director: Future of economy bright

Tim Gibbs is optimistic about the business climate in Craig.

Datebook for May 4

Today 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time is at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. The theme is planting and growing. Call 824-5116, ext. 405.

Job discussion centers on harassment, wages

People who think they are treated differently than others on the job might have a legitimate claim for discrimination, a state official said Wednesday.

Brian Poole

Pvt. Briane Poole of the Delta Company, 2nd Platoon, has completed all requirements of the United States Army Infantry Basic Training Brigade in Fort Benning, Ga.

Where's the fire?

With low turnout, voters select four new board members

A minority of the overall fire district population chose two incumbents and two new members to the board of directors in Tuesday's election.

Tuesday, May 2

No deal in meth case

Judge rejects plea for truck thief

A judge rejected a plea deal Tuesday that would have sent a Craig woman to prison for four years for selling and possessing methamphetamine.

Eric Hunter Filler

Eric and Lynda Filler, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Eric Hunter Filler, at 5:14 p.m. April 24, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Ethan Bryce Boswell

Terry and Amanda Boswell, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Ethan Bryce Boswell, at 2:29 p.m. April 23, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Our View: A drilling dilemma

Bureau of Land Management officials made the right call last week when they decided not to lease the mineral rights beneath city-owned land near Elkhead Reservoir.

Cathy Copeland: Thanks to soccer kids who helped clean park

To the editor: Craig Youth Soccer Association is in the middle of its Community Outreach Program, and many of the soccer kids spent time Friday cleaning Woodbury Park for some of their community service hours. Our goal is to get 200 community service hours in collectively during our spring soccer season. So to the following kids, I wish to say thank you for your work on this project:

Police blotter for May 3

Craig Police Department Monday, May 1 Officers received a report of theft.

Sports briefs for May 3

Girls golf wins another tournament The Moffat County girls golf team won another Class 4A division title at a golf tournament Monday in Montrose.

Thomas Owen Weber

Dan and Vicki Weber, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Thomas Owen Weber, at 5:27 p.m. April 27, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Two incumbents take fire board race

Two newcomers round out four available seats

Voters chose John Forgay and Tony Maneotis and incumbents Alan Webber and Don Musgrove at Tuesday's election.

Future nursing class grads looking forward to careers

This year's class of nurses graduating from Colorado Northwestern Community College includes recent high school graduates and seasoned veterans already in nursing careers.

Cop talk

Two police officers take Spanish class in Mexico

Two local police officers recently took a trip to Mexico, but they spent most of their time in a classroom, not on the beach.

News briefs for May 3

Chamber accepting award nominations The Craig Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2006 Business of the Year and Sunshine awards, which will be presented during the Chamber's annual meeting Tuesday.

Datebook for May 3

Today 8:45 a.m. The 2006 DARE graduation, which is open to the public, is in the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave.

New voting equipment deal signed

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan isn't worried about how the county will pay for new electronic election equipment anymore.

Joshua Duane Guire

Scott and Rachel Guire, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Joshua Duane Guire at 12:56 p.m. April 24, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Camryn Michael Ray Hinden

Chelsey Lee Castle, of Meeker, announces the birth of her son, Camryn Michael Ray Hinden, at 7:53 p.m. April 25, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Bears pull out a heartbreaker

Rifle scores in injury time to beat Bulldogs, 2-1

Injuries hurt the Moffat County girls soccer team in ways a hot tub can't heal.

Monday, May 1

Speak up for May 2

I'd like to speak up about the horrible accident that occurred Friday night at Indian Run. I just want to make sure everyone's aware of the fact that not all of the kids that were up at Indian Run were up there at an underage drinking party anymore than all of the adults that were at the Chamber mixer were drinking. People need to have a little bit more faith in the kids of our community. People need to show a little bit more compassion when accidents happen and quit looking for somebody to blame and worry about how we're going to fix it.

Paul Luviano Jr.

Paul Luviano Jr. of Craig died Friday at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Fisher House, a home near military hospitals for families of wounded or ill soldiers, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Lucas Edmund Wiser

Lucas E. Wiser was born on June 4, 1987, in Fargo, N.D., to Lance E. and Debra Katherine (Littlepage) Wiser. When Lucas was 7, his family moved to Craig, where he attended school, graduating from Moffat County High School in 2005.

Ginther sentenced to treatment

A Craig man who pleaded guilty in March to methamphetamine distribution will spend the next year in a drug treatment facility, a judge ruled Monday.

Farming equipment destroyed

Ross Evans said he knows exactly where he parked his John Deere 7520 tractor Friday -- and it definitely wasn't on top of his plow.

Horse drive to gallop through Maybell

For three generations, cowboys have driven horses through Maybell every spring as they relocate the herd from their winter range near Browns Park to the summer pastures at Big Gulch.

Police Blotter for May 2

Moffat County Jail Report Saturday, April 29 Billy Jim Bennett, 27, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, speeding and prohibited use of a weapon.

Teen gets probation in fake cash case

A judge Monday sentenced a Craig teen who used counterfeit $100 bills at local retailers to four years of probation.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas, a former Savery, Wyo., and Craig resident, died Friday in Grand Junction. A funeral is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dixon, Wyo. Interment will follow at Reader Cemetery.

Datebook for May 2

Today 6 to 9 p.m. A free workshop for parents of children who learn differently or have special needs including accommodations and modifications to curriculum is at the Northwest Board of Cooperative Educational Services conference room, 325 Seventh St., Steamboat Springs. The event is free. For reservations, call PEAK Parent Center at 1-800-284-0251.

Florence Warrick

Florence Warrick, a former Craig area resident, died Sunday in Grand Junction. Services are pending.