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Tuesday, October 31

County commissioners testing RS 2477

BLM asked to consider status of five roads

When a road has been closed for twenty years, is it still a road? That was one of the questions the Moffat County commissioners put to the local office of the Bureau of Land Management at a workshop Tuesday afternoon.

Datebook for Nov. 1

Briefs for Nov. 1

Folk band to perform in Craig

The Woods Tea Company -- a New England band that keeps the origin of its name secret -- will perform in Craig this weekend.

The Record for Nov. 1

Ice time

Ahhh, the sweet, sweet smell of college hockey is in the air, and the NHL 100 plus games per season is underway, so I find it fitting, to discuss one of my favorite sports.

Preseason loss no worry for Bulldog hockey

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team started their pre-season Saturday, playing two games against the Glenwood Springs Grizzlies.

SHARE Craig wants to share more

SHARE Craig wants to share the wealth this holiday season.

Countdown: Six days remain

This election proves to be an important one locally. We'll decide our next sheriff, whether Colorado Northwestern Community College will continue to receive our tax dollars, and how much support we're willing to give the Craig Rural Fire Protection District in safeguarding our homes and businesses.

Eldon M. Gerber

Eldon M. Gerber, 64, a life-long resident of Craig, died Oct. 26, 2006 at his home.

Jill Bernadeen Brown

Jill Bernadeen Brown was born Jan. 24, 1981 in Glenwood Springs to Joe E. and Joan (Stephenson) Brown. She was raised in both Craig and Meeker, where she graduated from high school in 1999. Jill then attended dental hygienist training in Rangely.

District safety measures finalized

In line with practices developed during the past two years, but expedited in response to recent school shootings in Pennsylvania and Colorado, the Moffat County School District has released a blueprint of safety measures for all schools to follow.

Judgment day

Commission highly recommends judges' retention

A state panel recommends voters retain two judges in the 14th Judicial District on Nov. 7.

Construction to limit access

Residents living near Elkhead Reservoir will face inconvenience

Reaching home for a handful of county residents that live near Elkhead Reservoir will be an inconvenience for the next couple of weeks as the final road construction phase of the reservoir expansion project closes the detour road and the dam road.

Monday, October 30

Pioneers in drilling

Kimberly Mazza has come to Craig today to answer questions that the public may have about drilling for natural gas in Moffat County.

Time out with Tucker Bilodeau

Grade: Junior What sport do you play? Soccer

Speak Up for Oct. 31

The college unquestionably has been good for our community and provides good education for those who have attended. I think we should vote for 3A and give the college the money.

Nathan Dean Mann

Tisha and Doyle Mann, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Nathan Dean Mann, at 3:53 a.m. Oct. 18 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Rebekah Grace Foster

Scott and Kristen Foster of Camarillo, Calif., announce the birth of their daughter, Rebekah Grace Foster, on Oct. 22 in Camarillo.

Jacob Edward Durner

Joan and Mike Durner of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jacob Edward Durner, at 9:03 p.m. Oct. 22 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Police Blotter for Oct. 31

Taylor Kaye Miller, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Briefs for Oct. 31

The Northwest Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs.

Spirits of the West

Legend has it: Ghosts inhabit Meeker Hotel

Friday the 13th. Meeker. This is a story. A story that some might not believe.

Datebook for Oct. 31

6:47 to 7:47 a.m. The Craig Chamber of Commerce hosts the October Wake-Up Craig breakfast, sponsored by Pioneer Natural Resources and hosted by Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 419 E.Victory Way. Breakfast is $5. Learn about Pioneer's activities in Moffat County and CNCC's upcoming ballot question. To RSVP, call 824-5689.

C.O.M.A adds media director, MySpace page

For Tim Martin, it's a way to give back to the community.

Sunday, October 29

Briefs for Oct. 30

Donate, save a life

This Halloween, Craig Intermediate School students will trick or treat for UNICEF, and with hopes of providing children around the world with necessary things they don't have -- water, nutrition, immunizations, and education.

Eldon Gerber

Funeral services for Eldon Gerber, of Craig, will take place at 1 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County 4-H Foundation, in care of Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for Oct. 30

Zuniga retires after 30 years with UPS

When Joe Zuniga was hired as Christmas help at United Parcel Service in 1976, he had no idea he would make delivering packages his career.

Respecting the elders

Location, not philosophy, changes for Sandrock Ridge admin director

Experiencing a hurricane evacuation changed Jonathan Marks' life.

Paying homage to heritage

Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage and Tourism tours Routt County's historical areas

When John B. Dawson bought several homestead sites in 1903 and formed the Dawson ranch east of Hayden, he surely appreciated the beauty of the Yampa River Valley, lush with cottonwood trees lining the river and wildlife roaming the grass valley floor.

Volleyball advances to regionals

Team finishes 2-2 in district play

Moffat County volleyball coach Brianna Montgomery always knew her team had the ability to play with most teams in the state.

Strong 'til the end

State cross-country highlight of season

Three top ten finishes were on the list of accomplishments the Moffat County Bulldog cross-country teams achieved Saturday at the state meet, which took place at the Vineyard Golf Club in Colorado Springs.

Gregory: Community college works for you

There have been many items written in recent weeks about the 3A ballot issue requesting continuation of the mill levy for Colorado Northwestern Community College. Election Day is now upon us and decision time is at hand. It's a decision that could affect our entire community for years to come. Please consider the following facts before making your decision.

Friday, October 27

Kind to swine

Angie Satterwhite makes former 4-H hobby a business

It took only a couple of years for Angie Satterwhite to go from showing pigs at the Moffat County Fair to owning and operating her own swine business in Craig.

Running with reason

Former MCHS graduate running for cancer patient in Nike Women's Marathon

The thoughts running through some people's heads during a marathon might be: "Why am I doing this?" But Janie Dunckley knew exactly why she was running -- to help others.

Truckin' along

'Diesel' Haddan has big game for Moffat County

Junior, J.T. Haddan didn't get the nickname 'The Diesel' for nothing -- on Friday night against the Glenwood Springs Demons, 'The Diesel' kept trucking.

Keep children safe during Halloween festivities this year

Vampires, witches, Spider-man and fairies are sure to show their faces as another Halloween approaches. To keep this year's Halloween celebration festive, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) reminds parents to make sure their children are safe while trick-or-treating.

How to prevent E. coli contamination of deer meat

It's hunting season again in Northwest Colorado and there's nothing better than fresh venison, but with the recent U.S. E. coli outbreaks in spinach and lettuce, be advised that deer meat can also be a source of E. coli.

Committed to being drug-free

Local youths participate in essay, poster contests in honor of Red Ribbon Week

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition hosted essay and poster contests this week at Craig Intermediate School and Craig Middle School, in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Chuck Mack: Buffalo Park, Part 2

I guess it's alright to daydream. It's for sure I'm a daydreamer and daydreaming along with my imagination has made my life much more enjoyable!

Kris Smith: Changes to constitution not always a good idea

I have been contemplating the sample ballot that I received for the upcoming election. I was fascinated by the number of Constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Kandy Kropinak:CNCC mill levy provides for education

I would like to thank Ms. Elfreida Bennett for her words of support for Colorado Northwest-ern Community College. I, too, am proud to live in an area that has a community college and in a community that will support the growth of that college.

Rick Kerber: Al White kept his promises to me

I would like to thank Al White publicly for his help for the past two years. Al was there for me when I was at risk of losing my business in 2004.

Our View: Changing the city charter

The Craig City Council enlisted the assistance of six community members in September 2005 to evaluate and suggest changes to the charter. With six residents, two city staff members and two council members providing oversight, this committee reviewed three other city charters that had recently been reviewed and approved by the public.

A hunting economy

Financial impact of sport keeps Craig business afloat in off-season

They descend upon Craig in a sea of orange and camouflage. They stay in local hotels, eat at local restaurants and shop at local stores. They're hunters, and local business owners say they couldn't survive without them.

Briefs for 10-28

Briefs for October 28, 2006.

Not your typical party

Craig's first 'Heavy Halloween' set for tonight

Coming to a stage near you -- Angelic Deficiency, a five-man hard-edged sound that will rock the Moffat County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. today, along with Glass Houses Sinks Ships and Eternal Deficit.

Thursday, October 26

Briefs for 10-27

The Craig Chamber of Commerce hosts the second of its revived quarterly Wake-Up Craig breakfasts from 6:47 to 7:47 a.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 419 E. Victory Way.

Court denies convicted poacher's second appeal

The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday denied a second appeal by convicted poacher Joshua Lawrence. Lawrence was convicted in 1999 on 27 counts of willful destruction of big game wildlife along Moffat County roads. He was 19 at the time of the incident.

Code red

CIS students prepare for potential dangerous situation with lockdown Thursday

In Seth Young's classroom, six-grade students drop their science assignments on their desks and huddle into a corner of the room. The lights go out and silence falls over the room.

$36M in school repairs proposed

An architecture and construction firm recommended $36 million in Moffat County School District improvements to the Board of Education on Thursday.

Moffat County Neighbor: Shirley Balleck

Shirley Balleck

Check your tires in winter to increase safety

Maintaining good contact between your tires and the road is critical for safe driving during inclement weather.

On the Record for 10-25

On the Record for October 25, 2006.

Tom and Robin Brumback: Help CNCC, vote "yes" on mill levy extension

Our family would like to join with the many community members who have voiced their support for Colorado Northwestern Community Center.

Hunters reported missing during storm

Three hunters were reported missing last night at Morapis Creek in Rio Blanco County.

Little lies need a little polish

I'm a big fan of thinking outside the box, but not so hip on coloring outside the lines.

Ready to roll

Cross-country preparing for meet Saturday

Coach Todd Trapp knows his runners are ready to roll this weekend in Colorado Springs. The Colorado State Cross-Country Meet will be held Saturday at The Vineyard Golf Course/El Pomar Youth Sports Complex.

Emotional impact

Bulldog coaches stress intensity on kickoff

Bulldog football coach Kip Hafey knows that emotions can either be a positive or a negative on the field. Tonight in Glenwood Springs, the Bulldogs hope to come out on the plus side.

Hunting for Halloween

Pirate among most requested local costumes for Tuesday's spook day

Katie Johnson, owner of Katie's Kostumes, a small building behind Johnson's house in north Craig that's packed with 3,000 costumes, spends her evenings trying to help community members find their ideal costume for any occasion.

Eldon Gerber

Eldon Gerber, longtime Craig resident, died Thursday at his home.

Homer Harold Schwarz

Homer Harold Schwarz, Aug. 31, 1926 - Oct. 3, 2006

Wednesday, October 25

Military news: Logan James Grant

Logan James Grant, son of James and Jane Ann Grant, formerly of Craig, recently completed 13 weeks of physical conditioning and mental fatigue mastering marksmanship, drill, military customs and courtesies, and martial arts during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp.

City tax revenue continuing to grow

It's not the entire reason, but retail sales from Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply are partially why the city of Craig has enjoyed increased sales tax revenue, City of Craig Finance Director Bruce Nelson said Tuesday night at the City Council meeting.

Credit crunchers

Bank manager teaches students about keeping good credit scores

On Wednesday, Todd Young, the manager of First National Bank of the Rockies in Craig, taught Moffat County High School students a different version of economist Milton Friedman's "There's no such thing as a free lunch" economic theory: There's no such thing as a free T-shirt.

In hot water

Farmers not pleased with state-mandated water measuring devices

Anyone diverting water from the Lower Yampa Watershed will have to install government-approved measuring devices, the Colorado Division of Water Resources told a group of about 35 people Wednesday at a meeting in Maybell.

Time Out with Jeremy Bird

Time out with Jeremy Bird

Until next season

Year of struggles no indicator for next year

The Bulldog soccer team faced one of its toughest seasons to date, but now in retrospect, the team knows that just like everything in life, this season was a learning process.

CEO: Hospital below budget, going in right direction

The Memorial Hospital finished its fifth consecutive month, September, with a net gain from operations, George Rohrich told the TMH board on Wednesday night.

Homeless veteran stand down to provide helping hand, hot food to veterans

A homeless veteran stand down will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Colorado National Guard Armory on 482 28 Road, Grand Junction. It is an ongoing project to provide homeless veterans a helping hand.

On the Record for 10-24

On the Record for October 24, 2006.

Mary Rae Danford

Born "lucky" on Friday the 13th of April 1936, Mary Rae Danford, a Wyomingite by birth, Texan and Californian by circumstance, and Coloradan by choice, passed away at her home on Oct. 21, 2006.

Love INC distributes coats

Briefs

Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) of the Yampa Valley is sponsoring a community coat drive.

Tuesday, October 24

Commissioners: Bond bidding on hold

At Tuesday's Moffat County commissioners meeting, county attorney Kathleen Taylor brought to light that many elected officials' bonds, specifically in the Treasurer's Office and Sheriff's Office, are outdated, and that statutes are vague or inconsistent.

Real estate transactions for September 2006

Buyer: Sherman P. Romney Seller: Robert C. and Janis E. Stark Jr. Property description: 508 Yampa Ave. Sale price: $102,200

Finding Security

Residents learn how to live on Social Security funds

Those who receive Social Security sometimes have to be creative in making ends meet, said benefits planner David Nelson of the Mesa County Workforce Center.

City OKs Kum & Go rezoning

Mona Gilman rushed out of the Craig City Council Chambers after learning that she may have a new neighbor in the future.

Datebook for Oct. 25

Today Noon. Yampa Valley Ladies Golf has its final luncheon meeting of the season at the Tin Cup Grill. Call Sandi Seip at 824-6660.

Police Blotter for Oct. 25

Moffat County Jail No bookings reported.

Larry D. Fuchs

Larry D. Fuchs of Juneau, Alaska, passed away on Oct. 14, 2006, in Tualitin, Ore., after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma. He was 53.

Jake W. Sherrill

Jake W. Sherrill of Fort Collins died Oct. 22, 2006, at his home. He was 25. At 1 p.m. today, a memorial service will be held at Timberline Church. Jake's funeral will be Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Kan. Interment will follow the funeral.

Our View: Hitting their ride stride

It's still not final, but at least the Moffat County commissioners are making strides with the city of Steamboat Springs to sell the former county Road and Bridge Depart�--ment shop on East Victory Way.

Balancing act

Web site was wrong: Moffat County is in the playoffs

With the Bulldog volleyball team's future hanging in the balance Monday afternoon, coach Brianna Montgomery went through practice like things were set in place.

Monday, October 23

To the extreme

State candidates offer vastly different views

Tension was palpable as Colorado Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, likened himself to an airplane pilot with thousands of hours at the controls and compared his opponent, Democrat Andy Gold, to a pilot who studied the manual, but had never flown. It peaked when White interrupted Gold's closing statement by stating, "That's a lie," when Gold claimed that White voted twice against making emergency contraception available to victims of rape.

Memphis Dean Herndon

Deborah and Cary Herndon, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Memphis Dean Herndon, at 5:26 p.m. Oct. 18, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Taylin Dee Harthun

Darlene and Joe Harthun, of Kremmling, announce the birth of their daughter, Taylin Dee Harthun, at 1:33 a.m. Oct. 19, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Hailey Marie Goodwin

Brandy and Jake Goodwin, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Marie Goodwin, at 5:09 p.m. Oct. 15, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for Oct. 24

Aaron Joshua Gallegos, 19, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant for failure to appear.

Briefs for Oct. 24

The Colorado Division of Water Resources is holding a meeting this week to discuss the installation of headgates and measuring devices on Elkhead Creek.

Datebook for Oct. 24

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed until 2 p.m.

Ballot initiatives get air time at forum

As candidates debated issues in front of an audience of about 100 at Monday evening's forum at Centennial Mall, representatives of three local ballot initiatives weighed in on their respective measures.

Tipton enjoys limelight

Candidate the only Congressional hopeful at forum

By declining his invitation to Monday night's candidate forum, Democratic incumbent John Salazar gave his opponent, Scott Tipton, a clear shot at garnering Moffat County's support in his bid for the District 3 U.S. House of Repre�--sent�--atives seat.

Candidates: Change needed

Better knowledge of local issues and races drew Craig resident Ada McArthur to Monday night's candidate forum.

Time out with Alicia Nelson

Grade: Sophomore What sports do you play? Cross country, basketball and track

Ready to rumble

Freshman and JV squads play final home games

The sky was clear Monday as the Bulldog junior varsity football team took the field.

CU Regents candidate speaks at forum

Eight candidates are vying for two vacant seats on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, and only one attended the Craig Daily Press/KRAI forum Monday night.

Taylor Ann Morlan

Rachele Ann and Chad Alan Morlan, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Ann Morlan, at 9:14 a.m. Oct. 14, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, October 22

Election forum tonight

Moffat County voters are invited to a forum tonight that includes local and state candidates who will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Huskies too much for Bulldogs

It wasn't exactly the ending the Moffat County Bulldog volleyball players were looking for, but they are still alive for another week.

State bound

Bulldog cross-country team headed to Colorado Springs

After Saturday's regional meet in Battle Mountain, the boys cross-country team and three members of the girls team are headed to the state meet next weekend.

John and Jodi Pogline: Poem comforting after loss of son

As I studied English with my granddaughter today, I ran across a poem about graveyards and the following statement in her PACE. "While graveyards usually make us come face to face with an event that sooner or later overtakes each of us, Christians need never fear them. We can view them as a beautiful gateway to a new and glorious life, enjoy them for their natural beauty, fascination, and the awe that they inspire." The following is an excerpt from the poem:

Rori Elizabeth Zimmerman

Chad Zimmerman and Erin Thompson, of Puyallup, Wash., announce the birth of their daughter, Rori Elizabeth Zimmerman, at 2:20 a.m. Oct. 1, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

Datebook for Oct. 23

2 p.m. AARP Craig chapter 1418 meets at Sunset Meadows I, 663 Ledford St. The program is on analysis of the 2006 ballot proposals from the "blue book." Call 824-5123.

Business News and Notes for Oct. 23

A Mexican restaurant is hoping to score a touchdown with local football fans.

Tipton to host immigration talk

Illegal immigration and border security are the primary topics for a public meeting today hosted by Republican Congressional candidate Scott Tipton.

Saturday, October 21

A journey that won't end

Ned Miller's knowledge of Moffat County and passion for helping brought him out of retirement -- again

After 72 years, the contour lines of Ned Miller's face and hands map out a life of adventure.

Friday, October 20

Datebook for Oct. 21

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club annual ski and sports swap is at the Steamboat Springs Middle School, 5100 Amethyst Drive, Steamboat Springs. Summer and winter sports equipment for sale by consignment. Entry is free. Call 879-0695, ext. 100.

No farms, no food

Senator, local farmers, ranchers weigh in on farm bill

No farms, no food. Those are the words on a plaque sitting on the desk of U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar in Washington, D.C. Salazar, D-Colo., told a group of Northwest Colorado farmers on Friday that the words serve as a reminder that "we shouldn't take our food security for granted," and that proactive steps need to be made to aid the U.S. farmer.

Rio Blanco expects large turnout

Health district, uncontested races highlight local ballot questions

Based on past numbers, Rio Blanco County officials are expecting a healthy voter turnout for the November general election, county clerk Nancy Amick said on Friday.

Ten candidates to attend forum

Local voters will have a chance to hear the platforms of political hopefuls and learn more about a loaded Nov. 7 general election ballot during a forum Monday.

Police Blotter for Oct. 21

Moffat County Jail No bookings reported.

Hannah Noelle

Melanie and Casey Kilpatrick, of Auburn, Wash., announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Noelle, at 8:42 a.m. Sept. 22, 2006, at Valley Medical Center in Auburn.

Our View: Back to the chalkboard

Amendments 39 and Referendum J -- two ballot initiatives that call for school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their budgets on classroom instruction -- are unwarranted measures that we encourage you to vote "no" on come Nov. 7.

Elfreida Bennett: Vote 'no' on 3A

I would like to encourage the voters of Moffat County to consider voting "no" on Referendum 3A, which concerns the continuation of the mill levy for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Dean Hollenbeck: CNCC the place to go for technical training

It has been almost a year now since my family and I moved to Kansas on to another challenge in higher education. We miss Craig and all the good times we had. We still and always will have many friends in the community.

Education briefs for Oct. 21

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week starts Sunday. It is sponsored by Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights' National Center for Bullying Prevention.

School Board newsletter to parents

In an effort to effectively communicate with families in Moffat County School District, the Board of Education has released the first of its quarterly newsletters.

The business of brands

Northwest Colorado brand inspector's job keeps him on the mooove

The frost is still on the ground as the wranglers begin herding small groups of heifer calves toward the scales. The sun won't crest the hilltop before the first 20 head are weighed and moved off of the scales.

Hunters evacuated in national forest

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Moffat County Search and Rescue evacuated hunters from Routt National Forest on Friday after a snowstorm caught them off guard, 9News.com reported.

Government Update for Oct. 21

Last met: Tuesday Decisions: • Approved, 2-0, closing the county clerk and recorder's office for poll-worker training at noon on Friday.

Bulldog football on a roll

The Bulldogs made a statement Friday night against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers.

Thursday, October 19

Moffat County Neighbor: Christopher Skowronski

Age: 23 Occupation: I'm a sandwich maker, and I wait tables. What should your business card say you do? Feed people

Cure for the common cold?

Longtime residents recall old-time remedies for stuffy noses

Times were different in the 1930s.

George Mihel: 'Yes' for college is 'yes' for Moffat County

Even though it has been six years since I left my position as Dean of the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, I still have wonderful memories of life in Craig and Northwest Colorado.

Syl McFeaters: Let's help Ann Stehlin with her trip to China

A couple weeks ago, the Craig Daily Press featured Ann Stehlin in a story on her trip to China.

Christina M. Currie: Beautification a citywide effort

Beautification is a buzzword heavily brandished, but rarely defined. The Craig Chamber of Commerce, with a lot of help, is working to "beautify" the corner of Fourth and Ranney streets.

Christina M. Currie: Growing pains

Twice this week, I crept into Katie's room ready to blast out, "Rise and shine!" only to find she'd already risen and was nowhere to be found.

Police Blotter for Oct. 20

Michael James Demarais, 30, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

For safety's sake

CIS administrator needn't look far to find the nonsense in gun violence

Feb. 2, 1996. Fourteen-year-old Barry Loukaitis walks into his algebra class in Moses Lake, Wash., and opens fire. His act of aggression claims the lives of two classmates and a teacher.

Two more homes added to fire district

The Craig Rural Fire Pro�--tection District board unanimously approved Wednesday night adding two more homes, seated on the fringe of the district, to its coverage area.

VNA: Avoid overusing antibiotics

At the first sign of the sniffles or a cough, many people reach for the antibiotics to attack the symptoms. That may not be the best thing to do, and it might even make an illness harder to battle in the future, health officials said.

Datebook for Oct. 20

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Moffat County affiliate of the Routt County Habitat for Humanity chapter has a workday at the 745 Yampa Ave. project home. Volunteers with table saws and dump trucks especially needed. Call 824-5459.

Soccer team goes down shooting

Coach Jeff Hammond was impressed Thursday with the way his team closed out its season.

Go time

Bulldog football continues to be in must-win situations

The Bulldog football players know as well as anyone that if they lose tonight's game, their season and playoff hopes are gone.

Simply stunning

Moffat County volleyball team stuns Eagle Valley

The turnaround was tremendous Thursday night in the Moffat County High School gymnasium as the Bulldog volleyball team pulled off its first three-game win all season. The Bulldogs downed Eagle Valley, 25-23, 25-15, 25-20.

Wednesday, October 18

Bill Harding: Fly your flag with pride

To honor the sacrifices of America's disabled vets, those who have given their lives or are serving today, defending our country and the liberties that we enjoy daily, there are days to proudly fly your U.S. flag. This month, those days are Columbus Day on Oct. 9 and Navy Day on Oct. 27.

Autumn Marie Tomison

Jessica and Colin Tomison, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Autumn Marie Tomison, at 11:10 p.m. Oct. 16, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Police Blotter for Oct. 19

Jamie Lynette Mitchell, 22, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail for a probation violation.

Fred Edward Mason

Fred E. Mason was born July 22, 1920, in Greenville, Texas, to Fred Edmond and Eddie Lee (Todd) Mason. Fred was raised and attended school in Greenville, graduating high school in 1938.

Datebook for Oct. 19

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Moffat County affiliate of the Routt County Habitat for Humanity chapter has a workday at the 745 Yampa Ave. Project home. Volunteers with table saws and dump trucks especially needed. Call 824-5459.

Vermillion Basin 'too wild to drill?'

Along with the increased exploration for gas and oil deposits in the Rocky Mountains comes the effort by environmental organizations to save and preserve lands for future generations.

Stepping out of the classroom

Mentoring program gives youths firsthand look at occupations

Fill out complete applications and start looking for work early, Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike told students Wednesday at the Craig City Hall.

Rancher: I didn't fire Peruvian sheepherder

A Wyoming ranch owner denies claims that he forced a Peruvian sheepherder to leave his ranch Tuesday.

We are the champions

Doak Walker football wraps up season

As the snowflakes drifted down Tuesday night, local youths geared up and put on their helmets. They played with heart and emotion, knowing that only one team would be champion.

Dennis Collins: Forum participants have misinformation

Recently, someone on the Craig Daily Press' online reader forum gave bad information about Tim Jantz. I would like to correct it.

Sports briefs for Oct. 19

The Moffat County Bulldog volleyball team is getting ready for its final two games of the season.

Tuesday, October 17

Now to November (8-24-06)

Fire district laying the groundwork for mill-levy campaign

Officials with the Craig Rural Fire District are laying the groundwork for a November election that they deem critical to improving the department and protecting the public.

Melanie McDaniels: Working hard or hardly working?

It's taught in classes, it's taught on the field -- how to be a good sport and show sportsmanship.

Sailors settle the score

With regional pride and district berths on the line, Steamboat defeats MCHS in four

After Moffat County snapped Steamboat's 16-year winning streak in Craig on Sept. 26, Sailors coach Wendy Hall wrote down Tuesday's date in her team's locker room as a reminder for her girls to fix in their minds.

Candidates gear up for final push (10-7-06)

Three vie for sheriff's race during remaining month of race

With a month to go until the November general election, candidates running for Moffat County's only contested race -- the bid for sheriff -- are fine tuning their campaigns for the home stretch.

Mill levy campaigns receiving positive feedback (10-7-06)

CNCC, fire district begin

Campaign leaders promoting two tax-based ballot questions report that they're receiving a largely positive reception from voters during public presentations.

Mary Beth Stehle

Mary Beth was born on Oct. 2, 1926. She was adopted at an early age by Eugene and Margaret Voeltzel. She was raised in Oregon, on the Williams Fork south of Craig and attended school on Waddle Creek and in Denver. Mary Beth graduated from high school in Craig with the class of 1945.

Colorado treasurer eyes job as secretary of state (10-7-06)

Colorado Treasurer Mike Coffman said a recent tour serving as a civil affairs officer in Iraq with his U.S. Marine Corps unit reinforced just how important voting is to the sanctity of America.

Judging the system

Don't fix something that isn't broken.

Alonso: Sorry for son's trumpet playing

This is just a fun "note" to all of our neighbors in the 800 block of Green Street, our backyard neighbors on Pershing and to anyone who lives several streets in all directions.

Peter Miesler: Environmentalist site an incomplete depiction

Since reading the Durango Herald article: "Tri-State funds global-warming critic" on Oct. 22, I've visited the New Hope Environmental Services Web site several times. It's been a sad vocation. Patrick Michaels' self-described "advocacy science consulting firm" is certainly about advocacy. But, it's a single-minded shell game sort of advocacy. Here are a couple examples from NHES's World Climate Report's most recent blog.

Rylan Jay Vallejos

B.J. and Jason Vallejos, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Rylan Jay Vallejos, at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Brenna Lea Boatman

Krista and Jeremy Boatman, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Brenna Lea Boatman, at 4:23 p.m. Oct. 10, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for Oct. 18

Pastor to host dream workshops

The Rev. Bob Woods of First Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting dream interpretation workshops Monday nights.

A bitter homecoming

Sheepherder on flight to Peru after alleged money dispute with rancher

A Peruvian sheepherder is scheduled to leave today in an abrupt return to his home country after a payment dispute with his employer.

Uranium requests go before state Friday

The State of Colorado Board of Land Commissioners are scheduled to make a decision Friday on a request for three uranium mining lease applications in Moffat County.

County looks at bus depot and hospital

The proposed sale of the former Moffat County Road and Bridge Department shop to the city of Steamboat Springs, which would use the shop as a bus depot, has been a long and difficult process for both parties.

Datebook for Oct. 18

The Record for Oct. 18

Congress hopeful meets public (7-25-2006)

A Congressional hopeful told a crowd of Craig residents Monday night that, despite endorsements from past and present politicos, it was their support he was counting on to send him to Washington, D.C.

Election totals change, slightly (8-16-06)

Canvass board validates GOP primary

Three measly votes. That's the difference between the totals released following the Republican primary election Aug. 8 and the figures finalized Tuesday afternoon by Moffat County's bi-partisan canvass board for two high-profile county races.

Creative campaigning (10-17-06)

Unaffiliated

Relative unknown Paul Noel Fiorino has no previous experience as an elected official. He has $1,000 to run a statewide campaign. He lacks the backing of any major political party.

Dollar dilemma (10-6-06)

Opinions vary on the effect of proposed minimum wage hike

Talk to the myriad of people campaigning on both sides of a proposed ballot question that could affect Colorado's economy, and you'll find a barrage of differing opinions.

Democrat makes stop in Craig (10-4-06)

Secretary candidate pledges to bring fairness back to office

The campaign trail for a long-time Democratic state legislator ran through Northwest Colorado this week as he attempted to garner support for his run for Secretary of State's Office.

Officials: Be prepared for election (9-22-06)

Seventeen ballot questions and a two-page city charter amendment are facing voters this general election, and that's in addition to choices for local and state offices.

Ritter leading Beauprez in polls (9-16-06)

Democratic running mate lends support for mill levy at CNCC rally

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter leads Republican challenger Bob Beauprez by nearly nine points, according to polling information released this month by Zogby International and the Wall Street Journal.

College goes on the offensive (9-15-06)

CNCC lobbies for $1.3 million extension; voters to decide whether to continue mill levy

Funding cutbacks in recent years have forced policy-makers at Colorado Northwestern Community College to adopt a defensive posture in "trying to protect what we have," administrators said.

CNCC ready to kick off mill levy campaign (9-9-06)

Officials from the Craig campus at Colorado Northwestern Community College aren't asking the public for more money. They're just asking the community to allow them to keep what funding they have.

Clear path to office for Mathers (9-2-06)

Welcome aboard, Commissioner Mathers.

'Working man' campaign (9-2-06)

Kroese to face Jantz, Alton in Nov. 7 general election

Despite being defeated twice before in a bid to be elected Moffat County sheriff, Don Kroese thinks he must make another attempt, because the office needs a "new face."

Jantz to face Independent Alton in November election (8-16-06)

At an informal press conference on Tuesday, Moffat County sheriff candidate Vic Alton proclaimed, "I am in the race for sheriff."

County candidates jockey for position (7-25-2006)

The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the district 3 Moffat County commissioner seat made a late push Monday night to sway voters their way during next month's primary election.

Sue for CU? (10-16-06)

Democratic candidate for CU regents makes campaign stop in Craig

It's a dedication to learning that prompted a Glenwood Springs Democrat to run for an open seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, the candidate said Friday during a campaign stop in Craig.

Sheriff candidates weigh in (7-25-2006)

Two Republicans and an independent campaigning to become Moffat County's next top cop, may differ on philosophies and along party lines, but they share at least one common trait.

A pair of campaign pit stops (8-2-06)

Handlers for the two candidates vying to succeed Gov. Bill Owens announced this week that the political hopefuls would make campaign pit stops in Craig.

Campaign trail leads to Craig (8-4-06)

GOP gubernatorial candidate dubs youth facility as 'special'

Craig youth Michael Hough, working as de facto tour guide, ushered a troop of children and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez around the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Thursday afternoon.

Candidate stresses 'no leniency' (8-5-06)

The tone in Sgt. Tim Jantz's voice rings with passion when he is asked about the issues facing Moffat County today and his reasons for wanting to serve as sheriff.

Eyes on the prize (8-10-06)

Gubernatorial candidates ready to amp up post-primary campaigns

With a virtual deadlock in the polls, and the eyes and ears of voters now tuned into statewide issues post-primary election, expect two gubernatorial candidates to amp up their bids for the statehouse.

Ye shall be judged (8-11-06)

Commission evaluates judges' performances, recommends retention

A state commission has recommended that six Moffat County judges be retained in the November general election.

Monday, October 16

Former Bulldog wins Denver Marathon

Clint Wells, a former standout at Moffat County High School, won the inaugural Denver Marathon on Sunday.

Road to regionals

Bulldog runners making trails to competition Saturday

The top 10 is hard to make, let alone the top five, but that's exactly what some of Moffat County's cross-country runners did Saturday in Battle Mountain.

Henry Westerling

Memorial services for Henry Westerling will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Calvary Baptist Church.

Charlotte Emma Salisbury Gros

Charlotte Emma Salisbury Gros, a native of the Little Snake River Valley and a resident of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, in Brazil.

Briefs for Oct. 17

Disability Mentoring Day planned

The Craig Workforce Center will offer Moffat County High School students with disabilities an opportunity to explore career options with local employers Wednesday during Disability Mentoring Day.

Kelsie Lynn Jones

Jamie and Bill Jones, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Kelsie Lynn Jones, at 10:58 p.m. Oct. 12, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Recall ready to resume

After brief snag, resident to begin circulating petition again

The push to oust the mayor of Dinosaur hit a temporary setback, but a town resident behind the circulation of a recall petition said it has resumed as of Monday.

Viola Bird

Viola Pearl LaDow Bird was born June 24, 1910, to Harry and Olla (Perry) LaDow in Jewell County, Kan. At the age of 4, her mother passed away and her mother's best friend cared for the three children and became a loving stepmother, and three more children were born and became part of the family. Viola loved her stepmother but always missed her mother and said she looked forward to meeting her mother in heaven.

Young Life seeks art donations

Moffat County Young Life, a Christ-based mentoring program for Craig youths, plans to hold its semi-annual Arts & Crafts Auction on Nov. 10 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Fair board seeks members, makes plans for '07

Putting on an event as big as the Moffat County Fair takes dozens of individuals working as a team with the common goal of holding a successful fair.

Datebook for Oct. 17

Sunday, October 15

On the outs

Moffat County soccer falls to Palisade, 4-1

As coach Jeff Hammond watched two of his soccer players walk off the field in frustration during the second half, the Bulldogs fell apart right before his eyes Saturday.

Taming the beast

'Beauty and the Beast' proving to be most complex high school production yet

Teapots, salad forks and wardrobes are some of the outlandish costumes performers have to contend with this year in the Moffat County High School's drama club musical.

Datebook for Oct. 16

Briefs for Oct. 16

Arts council presents workshops

The Craig Downtown Business Association and the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership have been selected to receive workshop presentations by Arts for Colorado, funded by Colorado Council on the Arts.

Inez Guthrie

Inez Guthrie, mother of Judy Mullis of Craig, died Saturday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mary Beth Stehle

Mary Beth Stehle, longtime Craig resident, died Friday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mary Blakeman: Donate to support Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County is inviting the community to be our partners in continuing to save the lives of lost, homeless, injured and abandoned companion animals of Moffat County. The Humane Society has saved the lives of more than 300 homeless and abandoned pets that otherwise would have been euthanised.

The calling

Father Jose Sáenz a throwback to the days of neighborhood priests

It's early Sunday morning, and the attention of those crowded into the chapel at St. Michael's Catholic Church is fixed on the message being delivered from the pulpit.

Diggin' it

Moffat County defeats Delta, struggles against Palisade

Friday night's four-game match in Delta was intense for volleyball coach Brianna Montgomery. Saturday's performance by her team against Palisade was anything but.

Friday, October 13

Off to the big show

The Moffat County Fair is two months back on the calendar, but for the serious young showmen, it's time to enter the ring again.

Give them a hand

Teachers instilling sign language skills in preschoolers

They can sings songs, ask questions and describe a feeling. They do it all with their hands. They do it all at age 4.

A Colorado autumn drive, Part 2

The Rock Creek Road continues on past the stage stop and eventually comes back to highway 134 further up on Gore Pass. There is one obstacle that kept us from continuing on up that road.

The farmer and his wife

Farming is a partnership. Man and wife engaged in the century's old "business" of raising livestock and coaxing a crop from the ground.

'The push is on'

Habitat for Humanity on final stretch of first Craig project

The push is on.

Open container laws discussed

The political hotspot of Carbon County might just be the town of Baggs, Wyo., population 350, where residents showed up in force Monday for a political forum that drew more than 20 candidates and 40 townspeople.

Holding on

Bulldogs get big win over Delta, 14-7

The Panthers drew first blood on Friday night at Delta High School -- the Bulldog football team put on a tourniquet and methodically bounced back from a 7-0 defecit going into the second quarter.

GRAMNET: No laws were broken

Drug task force responds to pro-marijuana group's accusations of illegal activity

A local drug task force accused of wrongdoing by a Denver-based organization lobbying for pro-marijuana legislation denied Friday that it violated state campaign laws.

Thursday, October 12

To the wire

It's go-time for Bulldog football team

Coach Kip Hafey knows that it's do or die time for the Moffat County football team.

Rolled

Bulldogs play ugly in 7-0 loss

There were some glory moments, but they were few and far between on Thursday in Grand Junction.

Moffat County Neighbor

Name: Irene Beard

Game time

Table games at bars regaining popularity

You might think you're the best, but chances are there's someone around the corner -- a ruthless shark lying in wait -- ready to prove you wrong.

The write frequency

For awhile there, I thought I'd need somebody to help me help Katie do her homework each night.

McKune

Robert E. and Ann McKune, of Rangely, celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary today.

Blotter for Oct. 13

Fred William Ruybal, 39, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Briefs for Oct. 13

After a debit card fraud incident that recently affected a Craig man, the bank that issued the card stresses that victims of debit/credit card fraud enjoy zero liability.

Datebook for Oct. 13

The Rangely Drivers License office is closed.

Woman in surgery after shooting

A 55-year-old woman underwent surgery at The Memorial Hospital on Thursday after an afternoon shooting on North Yampa Avenue.

Young people lacking skills

I've always wondered if the elimination of high school vocational education programs would affect the workforce, and it clearly has. I've also wondered whether Craig is worse off than other communities when it comes to preparing young people for work, but according to a report released last week by the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills, the whole country is in the same boat. According to their report based on a detailed survey of 431 human resource officials "The future workforce is here, and it is ill-prepared."

Moffat County crash proves fatal

Driver in single-vehicle accident identified as 45-year-old Idaho man

A single-vehicle car crashed claimed the life of a Boise, Idaho, man Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County, near the town of Hamilton.

Hunting for horns

Local man finds joy in finding antlers and making them into furniture

The name of the business is Buckskin Trails Trading Post, but most people in Craig just know it as Glenn and Audrey Pritchard's antlers, located at the old Amoco station on West Victory Way.

Wednesday, October 11

Smoothing out the bumps

Soccer team to play final home game on Saturday

It has taken them a good chunk of the season, but the Moffat County Bulldog soccer team is just beginning to smooth out the rocky road they have traveled.

Easy as bump-set-spike

Bulldog volleyball hits the road Saturday, Sunday

The focus may not have been there the first practice of a short week -- but senior Shaylyn Kawcak is sure her volleyball team can pull together and come away from this weekend's matches with at least one win.

Veterans' widows target of burial scam

Widows of veterans are getting letters requiring $300 to pay for expenses related to burials at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Remember that all services provided by Fort Logan are free.

Support fire district's mill levy request

Do you know that fire departments throughout the nation are rated by independent criteria as to their equipment, performance, training and ability to respond to a call. This rating is used by insurance companies to set rates on premiums for fire protection for homes and businesses in that fire district.

Fire department there when needed

When we first moved to this community from Grand Junction in 1987, we wondered how efficient a volunteer fire department would be.

Abigail Rae Tucker

Amanda and Adam Tucker, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Rae Tucker.

Hannah Jo Caperton

Katie and Jesse Caperton, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Jo Caperton.

Callah Rain Caperton

Katie Barnes and Jesse Caperton, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Callah Rain Caperton.

Derek Ross Jacobo

Luis and Jacobo, and Laura Oatman, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Derek Ross Jacobo.

Aimee Brooke Shults

Michelle and Todd Schults, of Meeker, announce the birth of their daughter, Aimee Brooke.

Henry Westerling

Henry Westerling, of Craig, died Wednesday at his home. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

Blotter for Oct. 12

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

Briefs for Oct. 12

The annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski and sports swap is scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. until everyone goes home on Oct. 20 for the early birds, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 21.

Datebook for Oct. 12

The Craig Drivers License office is closed.

City pitches in on softball compex impact study

Every year, hundreds of minivans sporting team names and hometown mascots arrive in the Yampa Valley. The Triple Crown softball tournaments held in Craig and Steamboat Springs each summer fill local motels and restaurants with players, parents and fans. The full economic impact of the tournaments is unknown at this time, but a planned study might soon shed some light on those statistics.

TMH hires new surgeon

Stanley Pense to replace retiring David James

The Memorial Hospital in Craig has hired a new doctor to replace a long-time surgeon who plans to retire in January.

Assistant district attorney resigns

Eric Olson left office Friday

For the second time in a month, a prosecutor with the Craig office of the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has resigned.

I-intelligence

Attorney general: Web-based predators an emerging threat

A school teacher who had no real interest in teaching. A youth minister who felt no true calling to preaching God's will. A man who dated a single mother for three years that he had no affection for. They each shared common traits -- they put themselves in a position of power, a position that dictated they would be near children.

Tuesday, October 10

Marijuana propaganda

Amendment 44 backers seek GRAMNET records

The campaign director for a Denver-based group leading the charge for pro-marijuana legislation said his organization "anxiously" awaits the response from a local drug task force that may have violated state campaign laws.

Changing hands

Craig man recouping money after debit card cloning leaves him $2,600 short

As if by magic, the charges started to appear on Cris French's debit card -- $85 at TGI Friday's, $71 at T.J. Maxx and $42 at a Shell gas station, all 1,400 miles away in Toledo, Ohio.

Who owns this tap?

Council attempts to answer question about water tap removal

Who is responsible for removing city water taps that are no longer needed?

Commissioners OK mine reducing royalty rate

Representatives from Trapper Mine met with Moffat County commissioners on Tuesday to seek a reduction in the royalty amount paid to the county from its coal-mining operations.

Datebook for Oct. 11

The Craig Drivers License office is closed.

Briefs for Oct. 11

Dinosaur National Monument is planning a pair of hikes to a fossil site where visitors can see dinosaur bones in their natural rock setting.

Police Blotter for Oct. 11

Deputies responded to an animal complaint.

Senior Spotlight for Oct. 11

Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Lately, I find I tend to fall asleep if I read for any length of time.

Douglas Bruce: Vote 'yes' on Amendment 38

Your Oct. 4 report on a county commissioner's erroneous description of Amendment 38, the Petition Rights Amendment, was read by the proponents of 38. They asked me to reply because I am also a county commissioner and support Amendment 38, as do many other elected officials who believe in upholding the constitutional rights of our citizens.

Genevieve Shultz: Kum and Go new location dangerous

I am writing in regard to the rezoning of the north half of lot 38 and lots of 39 through 44, block 3, town of Craig, aka 859, 867, and 881 Yampa Ave. The proposed plan is to rezone this area from residential-business to commercial.

Our View: The good Dr. Kipe

Scenario: A patient is rushed to the emergency room with a serious ailment. His life is at stake, and time is of the essence. He has no health insurance.

Sailors down 'Dogs

Steamboat shuts out Moffat County, 4-0

Coming into Tuesday night's game, Moffat County seemed to have the momentum, fresh off a Saturday win against Rifle and heading to Steamboat Springs to face a Sailors squad reeling from a three-game losing skid.

Olympic hopeful

Former Bulldog qualifies for 2008 Olympic trials

On Oct. 1, Emily Mortensen, a 2001 Moffat County High School graduate, took to the 26.2-mile course of the Twin Cities Marathon. She also qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials in Boston that day.

Monday, October 9

Turnout good at Baggs forum Monday

The turnout at Monday night's forum in Baggs, Wyo., is evidence that candidates running for office in the least populated state in the country need every vote they can get.

Set 'em up, knock 'em down

Craig man records first perfect game at Thunder Rolls

Craig resident Jim Wells didn't think too much about the quick -- and flawless -- start to his game Friday night at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. After all, Wells, a veteran bowler with 35 to 40 years of playing experience, had come close to a perfect score before.

All uphill: Runners compete in Aspen

Strong performances by Moffat County High School's cross-country teams resulted in second and fourth place finishes Saturday in Aspen.

The business of nonprofit

Report analyzes Yampa Valley's emerging sector of service groups

Officials with Yampa Valley Partners contend that nonprofit organizations are an emerging sector of the communities in Moffat and Routt counties, and they have a significant effect on the local economies.

Landslide may affect long-term operations

A "massive landslide" at Trapper Mine on Sunday probably will not affect operations this year, but it may down the road, said mine President and General Manager Ray DuBois.

GRAMNET nabs four

Authorities from the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested four Craig residents while executing three search warrants served over two days.

Trapper Mine raises $70K for United Way

Trapper Mine announced Monday its total for the Moffat County United Way campaign -- $70,080.

Datebook for Oct. 10

The Craig Drivers License office is closed.

Husband, wife duo come to Craig

The Craig Concert Asso�--ciation presents the next in its lineup of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Police Blotter for Oct. 10

Victoria Gomez, 24, of Farmington, N.M., was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

James Jeffrey Long Mendoza

John and Elva Long, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, James Jeffrey Long Mendoza, at 8:45 p.m. Oct. 5, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital.

Jolene Rae Rhyne

Christina and Greg Rhyne, of Casper, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Jolene Rae Rhyne, at 9:49 p.m. Sept. 15, 2006, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo.

Aaron Burl

Aaron Ross Burl graduated private first class from the U.S. Marine Corps on Sept. 22, 2006, in San Diego, Calif., after flight crew training in Pensacola, Fla.

Speak Up for Oct. 10

It's impressive to see Craig Rural Fire Protection District working on an informative, open-door campaign with meetings and ads featuring prominent community members. I was initially opposed to a third request for a mill levy increase, but the presentation has softened my opinion somewhat.

Voter registration deadline today

Today is the last day that residents looking forward to casting ballots in the Nov. 7 general election can register to vote.

Sunday, October 8

'For a good cause'

Annual NRA banquet raises money for youth gun education

Everything from a Weatherby rifle to two yards of concrete was on the auction block at the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the National Rifle Association on Saturday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Smith nets game winner in 2-1 victory against Rifle

Moffat County's Scott Smith scored the Bulldogs game-winning goal Saturday against Rifle.

Glory in Glenwood

MCHS takes match away from Demons

Saturday's game in Glenwood Springs was intense for the Moffat County High School volleyball team.

One downtown business closing, another expanding

As Jonny Sherman calls it quits, his wife, Mary Kay Sherman, is adding onto her business.

Briefs for Oct. 9

High school pool opens Tuesday

The Moffat County High School swimming pool, 900 Finley Lane, opens to the public on Tuesday.

Datebook for Oct. 9

Groove to the wheat

Long days on the farm translate into songs for lifelong resident

It's 1936, a time "when you had to get by with what you had," and 6-year-old Gene Counts is huddled on the living room floor, absorbing the sounds of the large, boxed wooden Filco.

Frightful fundraiser

Halloween-themed CNCC nursing program scholarship fundraiser brings in $3,000

Several more students will be able to attend college next year thanks to the community's support.

Friday, October 6

Down but not out

Bulldogs fall 48-28 to Berthoud

The Moffat County Bulldogs had a good feeling coming into Friday's game against undefeated Berthoud.

Going with the flow

Local ranchers asked to install partial flumes or weirs to gauge water usage

A letter sent out recently to farmers and ranchers between the Elkhead River and Dinosaur National Monument by the Colorado Division of Water Resources has raised concerns with many river water users in Moffat County.

Amending city charter a lengthy issue

One issue facing voters in the general election on Nov. 7 that is not receiving the publicity of other issues is amending the city charter for Craig.

Authoring Americanism

Elks Lodge hosts essay contest for fifth- through eighth-graders

Students in fifth to eighth grades will be putting pen to paper in the next weeks to express their feelings about being Americans.

Painting the town red

There's not one right answer.

Terry: Thank you for building Visiting Nurse's ramp

We would like to give a special thanks to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Mary Grace and Kathy, and to the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Scott and Mark, who with their help we now have a wheel chair ramp built by Jonna Lotz of Burgess Construction.

Fread

Warren R. Fread and Linette Lund were married Oct. 17, 1981, in Craig.

Building blocks

Bulldog soccer faces Rifle today

They're not using Legos but the Moffat County boys soccer team is taking small steps and using small blocks to turn their season around.

Wilma Retta Cosgriff

Wilma Retta Cosgriff, 92, passed away on Oct, 1, 2006, in Arvada.

Viola Bird

Viola Bird, of Craig, died Friday at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

The Record for Oct. 7

Briefs for Oct. 7

Candidate forum to be held Monday

With the general election fast approaching, the Snake River Citizens Against Drugs is providing an opportunity for candidates and the voters to come together for an informational session. Accordingly, Snake River CAD has reached out to town, county and state candidates with an invitation to participate in a community forum" to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, in the Devon Energy meeting room.

Datebook for Oct. 7

Ahead of her time

Wilma Retta Cosgriff fondly remembered for her rebellious, giving nature

In the 1940s, it was an unwritten rule for Craig businesses not to serve black people.

Meeker memoirs

Weekend festival recalls ancestors of White River area

More than a century ago, Northwest Colorado began changing because of a series of events that took place near the town of Meeker.

Thursday, October 5

Styling for the soul

Program helps women with chemotherapy, radiation

It's been more than two years since doctors diagnosed Kim Dilldine with breast cancer. She has since beaten the disease and is now reaching out to those who are facing the same struggle.

Moffat County Neighbor: Megan Smith

Age: 19 Occupation: Certified nursing assistant What should your business card say you do? Help people have a better quality of life

Takin' care of business

Moffat County volleyball team sweeps Rifle in three games

The Moffat County Bulldogs volleyball team bounced back on Tuesday night at home.

Attorney: Bookkeeper 'will be charged'

Investigation into $50K missing from high school ongoing

Nearly two months has passed since the Moffat County School District and the Craig Police Department -- in a joint statement -- announced that a longtime high school employee was being investigated for embezzling about $50,000.

Smoking ban has ups, downs

For the past three months, the air has been noticeably clearer in bars and restaurants in Craig. The statewide smoking ban, which took effect July 1, has had different effects on the local watering holes that have now been smoke free for more than 90 days.

Environmentalist outlines air quality issues

Regional haze, carbon control and mercury management are the three emerging air quality issues affecting western Colorado power plants, an environmental analyst said Thursday night.

Datebook for Oct. 6

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Craig Elks Lodge hosts a fundraiser yard sale at 517 Breeze St. Donations are accepted, and shoppers are welcome to browse. The event raises money to buy holiday presents for the Toys for Tots program. Call Dora at 824-2251.

Briefs for Oct. 6

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, set for Saturday, is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

Avery Miguel Silva

Jennifer and Felix Silva, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Avery Miguel Silva, at 8:23 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for Oct. 6

Matthew Allen Flahiff, 20, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Christina M. Currie: Reality check

I don't know any parent who doesn't long for a taste of that freedom they knew before the stork's arrival, who doesn't look back and think of at least one thing they should've done before doing it was no longer an option.

Jennifer Riley Thornberry: Mill levy necessary

I am writing to voice my support of Referendum 4A, Craig Rural Fire Protection District's, request for a mill levy increase. As we have all been reading, the Fire District has been operating on a budget with one of the lowest mill levies in the state.

MOPS: Thanks for your work

On behalf of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), we would like to thank every mother who contributes her time and personal touch to our group. Without you, we would not be able to grow, support and succeed in our community, nor would we be able to reach out to other mothers in the community.

Love INC sponsors coat drive

Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) of the Yampa Valley is sponsoring a community coat drive.

Wednesday, October 4

Guy Ernest Burt

Guy E. Burt died in Palisade on Sept. 7, 2006, three days before his 98th birthday. He was born Sept. 10, 1908, near Rush Springs, Okla. The family was traveling by wagon from Arkansas at the time of his birth. He was the fourth of 11 children born to John Oscar Burt and Lizzie Viola (Summey) Burt.

Yahoo Golf Tournament Results

Sept. 17, 2006

Buckling down

Bulldogs aim to fix mistakes for Friday match-up with Berthoud

The atmosphere during the Bulldogs' football practice Wednesday was intense. The players' task was simple: Make a tackle.

A universal problem

Craig physician fighting to rectify a 'terrible' social injustice

The sad truth is this: As dynamic and innovative as the field of medicine is today, it's still part of a system that fails to provide a key demographic with necessary treatment.

Train investigation under way

An independent inspector has begun investigating a derailment Tuesday that left five train cars on their sides and damaged up to 200 feet of rail spur at Craig Station power plant.

Veterans office closed for training

The Veterans Service Office is closed today and Friday for veterans service officer fall training in Denver. Routt and Rio Blanco counties' service officers are also attending.

Datebook for Oct. 5

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed for inventory.

Briefs for Oct. 5

The Craig Police Department, along with program coordinator Tony St. John, remind area teenagers that the annual Safety Belt Award program is now under way.

Police Blotter for Oct. 5

Matthew Eric Anderson, 27, of Steamboat Springs was booked into Moffat County Jail on a court order.

Walt Vanatta: A 'yes' vote on 4A a smart choice

Being somewhat conservative in nature, I am always reluctant to vote for a tax increase.

Continuance granted in burglary case

A court appearance for a Craig man with a criminal background and an assortment of pending criminal charges was continued Wednesday in Moffat County Court at the request of his public defender.

Cultural heritage tourism hits tube

Northwest Colorado's cultural heritage tourism program is getting some state recognition.

Tuesday, October 3

Daily Press seeking sports submissions

Parents, coaches and athletes: Do you have a sports story or sports photos you'd like to see published in the Craig Daily Press?

Train derails at power plant

No one injured in accident, officials say

Eight cars of a train carrying coal derailed on Craig Station power plant property Tuesday morning, closing the railway and sending five cars onto their sides.

Business brewing: Family opens new liquor store

The drive-through window is being finished, and a couple of shipments are still en route, but the sign in front of Craig Liquor is lit with an inviting word to customers -- open.

NRA event sold out

11th annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Organizers of an annual fundraising event for the Yampa Valley Friends of the National Rifle Association said the group has raised more money each year it's hosted the event.

County addresses transportation, water

At Tuesday's meeting of the Moffat County commissioners, Commissioner Darryl Steele discussed last Wednesday's meeting of the Region 6 Transportation District held in Steamboat Springs. The top priority of the district is to lay fresh asphalt on roads that are in need of repair, Steele said.

Datebook for Oct. 4

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed for inventory.

Briefs for Oct. 4

The Craig Elks Lodge is hosting a fundraiser yard sale all week at its store behind the lodge, 517 Breeze St.

L. Albert Jackson

L. Albert Jackson, 91, was born near Scandia, Kan., and died Oct. 2, 2006, at St. George Care and Rehab Center.

Logan Curtis Durham

Jill and Levi Durham, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Logan Curtis Durham, at 5:39 p.m. Sept. 29, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Police Blotter for Oct. 4

Deputies responded to two reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Our View: Thinking outside the (cardboard) box

Taking students out of the classroom and into the middle of a pond? We think it's brilliant.

Donna Reishus: Greeting from Belize

To the editor: From 2000 to 2002, I wrote many updates from Belize, Central America, after living in and raising my family in Craig for 23 years.

George Vassek: Fly only the U.S. flag

This is in response to the letter from Sept. 27 concerning the foreign flags. This is the United States of America. We have one flag other than the individual state flags. We also have one language -- English.

Set up for showdown

Bulldog volleyball squad ready for Rifle, Glenwood Springs

This week's practices have been intense for the Moffat County Bulldogs volleyball team.

Melanie McDaniels: Why I love October

Can you feel it? It's October and here are a few reasons why I love the 10th month of the year.

Craig Daily Press, KRAI sponsor candidate forum

Local and state candidates jostling for Election Day votes will have the opportunity to address Moffat County voters during a candidate forum scheduled for two weeks before the Nov. 7 general election.

Monday, October 2

Datebook for Oct. 3

Today The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., is closed for inventory.

News briefs for Oct. 2

Man in good condition after crash A 20-year-old Craig man who was involved in a crash early Sunday morning was upgraded from critical to good condition, health care professionals at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction reported Monday.

Police blotter for Oct. 3

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Sept. 28 Leslie JoAnn Montoya, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail for escape and violating a restraining order.

Bryce Jacobson: Bulldog loyalty

I have always enjoyed sports. Although I am not a very proficient athlete, I am a great spectator.

Nursing students hitting their strides

Colorado Northwestern Community College program, in its sixth week, 'difficult, rewarding'

Scott Murrell is a certified nurses aide, but he has aspired to achieve higher goals in the nursing world for some time.

Top 10, again

Boys and girls cross-country finish high at Summit

The Bulldog cross-country teams headed to Summit on Saturday to run in the Summit Invitational. The boys team finished in fourth place, and the girls finished fifth.

Sunday, October 1

Pay back

Eagle Valley defeats Moffat County, 10-4

The first time they met in September in Moffat County, the sleet was flying and the field was drenched. The Bulldog soccer team, however, didn't let the conditions stop them from putting out a solid performance and winning against Eagle Valley.

Bulldogs fall in three

No. 2 Battle Mountain rolls over Moffat County volleyball

It didn't take long for the Battle Mountain Huskies to get the job done Saturday at Moffat County High School. An hour and a half after the games began, the Huskies were loading up their bus for the ride home, victorious after handing the Bulldogs their fifth league loss of the season.

Briefs: Oct. 2

CMS hosts We See D.C. meeting

An informational meeting about We See D.C. is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Samantha Mae Franklin

Melanie and Charles Franklin, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Mae Franklin, at 9:31 p.m. Sept. 4, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Datebook: Oct. 2

Holiday Inn under new ownership

The Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Hwy. 13, is under new ownership.

Seeing red

C.O.M.A. begins ribbon campaign against meth use

The four-year-old girl came inside, a place she didn't need to be, a place she shouldn't have been, smiling and friendly. She was vibrant, and her blonde hair matched her blue eyes.

Abracadabra

Magic show raises money for Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County couldn't make money appear out of thin air, but they got the next best thing.

Familiar face joins CEO

New clinical officer takes over at The Memorial Hospital

George Rohrich, the chief executive officer at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, has a new second-in-command, and it's someone he's quite familiar working with.