Monday, April 30
Typically, events sponsored by Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse concentrate solely on battling the ills of the highly addictive drug listed in the organization's name.
When a group of ordinary citizens concoct a scheme to sell U.S. citizenship to illegal aliens, it's called "fraud."
Sweet Adelines win first place in division at regional competition
With a quarter-century of experience under its belt, the Yampa Valley chorus of Sweet Adelines International finally has something to sing about -- a first-place finish at the regional competition.
Assessor's Office sends out appraisals today
Every other year, the Moffat County Assessor's Office appraises properties to determine values for taxing purposes. Those notices are being mailed out to county residents today.
William "Bill" Doolin, longtime Hayden resident, died Saturday at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction. A service is pending.
COMA volunteers taking respite
Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse will suspend executive committee and public meetings in May, June and July.
Dustin Lund misses pre-sentencing report interview, causing continuation
The end of a criminal case that triggered controversy, prompted the attempted recall of a district attorney and caused the death of a Craig man, will have to wait another month.
Bud Nelson knows what a U.S. Navy career feels like. He enlisted in 1957 in Long Beach and served for 26 years.
The Washington Post, on Feb. 28, reported that a 12-year-old boy in the Washington, D.C. area, Deamonte Driver, had died of complications resulting from an untreated dental abscess, after bacteria from the untreated tooth had spread to his brain.
Girls golf team wraps up regular season on top
The Moffat County High School girls golf team used mid-70s temperatures and its home course as advantages Monday to take first place among six teams.
The Moffat County High School boys swim team beat host Glenwood Springs but lost to Durango and Grand Junction high schools Saturday.
Leaders agree regulation isn't always the answer to weapons issues
The local, regional and national debate about gun control inevitably re-sparks itself in the wake of tragic shootings, whether school- or not school-related.
Sunday, April 29
Ron Dellacroce looked out over the now full reservoir straddling Moffat and Routt counties, and tried to picture Saturday's opening day crowd. The veteran Colorado State Parks manager has a few concerns.
Smoke detector awakens man to upstairs fire
An elderly man living alone in a residence in the 800 block of Taylor St. was asleep on his living room couch Saturday evening when the sounds of a smoke detector startled him awake.
Firefighters in Europe scouting potential new aerial truck
Fire Board member Tony Maneotis appreciated pictures sent back to Craig by firefighters in Germany looking at a Metz aerial truck being considered for purchase by the Craig Rural Fire Protection District.
Jake Satterwhite would have been proud.
Performing in front of friends and family at home for the first time this season, the Moffat County High School boys and girls track and field teams placed second Friday afternoon at the Clint Wells Invitational.
The Moffat County Rabbit Rustlers 4-H Club would like to thank everyone who helped make our April 21 fundraiser on a success.
The Moffat County Humane Society would like to offer a special thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their support during the past couple of months:
I realize that sometimes reporters are forced, out of obligation to their job, to report under less than ideal circumstance.
Ty and Amanda Ott are offering commonplace items in an uncommon way.
Run4Chance makes Craig stop, raising money for wounded vets
The late Chance Phelps first began talking about joining the Marine Corps as a patriotic response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. When he followed up on that impulse and joined the Armed Services, he was aware he'd likely be sent into harms way.
Friday, April 27
Sacrifice. According to one of its many definitions in the American Heritage Dictionary, it means: "Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim."
A funeral service for Richard W. Langley, stepson of Harley Guess, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary.
I don't agree with the letter to the editor in yesterday's paper.
On April 26, eighth-grade boys at Craig Middle School explored career opportunities in the second annual Boys2Men seminar.
We would like to thank Alvin Luker
The family of Betty Lou Hammat Johnson Patton would like to thank all of those that sent cards, flowers, food and called us in our time of need.
Moffat County schools one step closer to additional funding
The Colorado House of Representatives passed the School Finance Act on Friday. It now goes to the Senate.
The dozens of fans who have been looking forward to the big screen premiere of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" are undoubtedly not disappointed with the result.
With an estimated $100,000 in savings on the table, and unsatisfied with its current provider, The Memorial Hospital has decided to reclaim management of its emergency room.
Nurturing Parenting Program winds down this week with graduation
With a 3-month-old son, Tony Santistevan is at the beginning of his parenting journey.
TMH names owner representative to help with new facility project
Now that The Memorial Hospital has an owner's representative on board, TMH officials will soon begin building a timeline for completing its proposed new facility.
Area early childhood education providers seeking to create a joint Moffat-Rio Blanco county system have been granted nearly $78,000 to do so.
Museum of Northwest Colorado researches 32-year history of reservoir
With the planned reopening of Elkhead Reservoir one week away, Dan Davidson, museum director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado researched the first time the reservoir opened in 1975, and the 32-year history that followed.
Board decides to refine plans for possible facility upgrade request
To reduce the "sticker shock" of a $36 million bond, the Moffat County School District Board of Education decided Thursday to look at what $25 million can buy in facility upgrades.
Twenty-two town residents sign petition attempting to oust town mayor
A petition proposing to recall Dinosaur Mayor Freda Powell was submitted to City Hall on Friday afternoon with more than the required number of signatures.
Coaches don't see benefits in energy drinks as more athletes consume them
Talk of energy runs rampant in the Yampa Valley.
Labor-intensive operation gathers family, friends
Burl McMillen deftly tossed a rope around the back two legs of a calf and dragged the animal to the fire. In a move that can only come from experience, J.D. Sexton slipped a head clamp around the head of the calf as it passed, and McMillen's horse pulled everything tight as hot irons came off the fire.
For nearly 11 weeks, Gretchen Mack and daughter Kelly Orndoff have been walking the highways and county roads of America raising money for wounded Marines.
Principal: Students, school are safe
An investigation is being conducted into two Moffat County High School teens for allegedly making threats against other students.
Boys, girls relay teams fare well with first-, second-place finishes
The Clint Wells Invitational track and field meet entertained hundreds under blazing sunny skies at Moffat County High School Friday evening.
Bergmann retires, accepts voluntary supplemental contract for fewer work days
The Moffat County School District Board of Education accepted Superintendent Pete Bergmann's retirement and agreed to a pared down, one-year contract for the 2007-08 school year Thursday night.
Brandon Seick seeks farm career following graduation next month
Thursday, April 26
More than 80 community members turned out Thursday afternoon to plead their cases against possible program and staff cuts to the Moffat County School District Board of Education.
After 30 years on-call, the beeper to go forever silent for retiring surgeon
The Memorial Hospital and Dr. David James have a lengthy past, and the ties that bind the two are many.
Dr. David James isn't the lone long-time The Memorial Hospital employee preparing to say goodbye. Service Excellence Officer Pamala Thompson said her last day at TMH will be May 17.
Recently I found my recipe for Enchilada Casserole. It's a good recipe that I haven't made in awhile.
It used to take bribes to get Blake Worsley into the swimming pool. Now, his sights are set on representing the U.S. as part of the Olympic team.
Gardening club started to nurture aspiring gardeners
Getting her hands dirty, the exercise and escaping from the world.
Once they stopped punching the numbers into calculators, the exclamations came fast and furious.
Families victimized by tainted spinach and peanut butter, as well as green onions and now pet food, put a human face on the recent outbreaks for foodborne illness, urging lawmakers to strengthen oversight of the nation's food supply.
Vicar John Turner to be ordained and installed at Faith Lutheran Church
Becoming a pastor was something John Turner wanted to do his whole life.
As April 16 and April 24 approached, my ears were assaulted with bits of nursery rhymes and pieces of songs that weren't long enough to follow.
I don't appreciate the way you published the names and pictures of the people in your paper (in Saturday's Go-Getter section). All the Hispanics are last.
A funeral service for Richard W. Langley, stepson of Harley Guess, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.
A memorial service for Carol Cullen, of Craig, is at 11 a.m. Monday at Grant Mortuary.
Bessie Borroel was born on Dec. 25, 1923, in Sheridan, Wyo., to Ventura and Josephine (Esparza) Borroel. She spent her childhood and much of her life in Oak Creek.
Wednesday, April 25
Victim's advocates seeking more community volunteers
About 20 people volunteer their time toward helping Advocates Crisis Support Services tend to the needs of crime victims. While that figure is admirable, it's not enough.
Parker continues to teach history at high school
Scott Parker, Moffat County High School boys basketball coach, has officially resigned.
Although Moffat County High School's track and field meet Friday is its 51st annual, it is known as the Clint Wells Invitational.
Boys and girls track and field teams look forward to 51st annual Clint Wells meet
The Moffat County High School boys and girls track and field teams return home Friday for their lone home meet of the year.
The Memorial Hospital will add an expensive and important piece of equipment -- a new computed tomography machine -- in June, Chief Clinical Officer Bob Lindberg said Wednesday night.
Statewide organization offers Craig presentation on infant death
There's no known cause, prevention or cure.
If you have ever gazed into the approaching thunderstorm and admired the way the storm tower climbs past the anvil to form an overshooting top, then weather is more than an inconvenience to you. It's something to be admired, respected and reported.
March real estate transactions
Man alleges he was fired for voicing safety concerns, city denies allegations
A former Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue fire fighter has filed a wrongful termination suit against the city, claiming his September 2006 firing came after he raised safety issues with his supervisors.
Finally, the word that many veteran leaders for this community have been lobbying and pushing for almost 10 years has been received.
Police investigate shooting
James Kendall Turner has come unstuck in time.
A 100-acre site west of town could become a hub of activity in the future, with several high-profile tenants.
If a sports complex is built in Hayden, it could mean significantly more money and jobs for Routt County.
Tuesday, April 24
The stage, set up between two tree trunks with a heavy branch across the top, is all ready. The colorful quilted curtains are closed, but Marsupial Sue takes a peek out at the crowd. The audience, made up of a variety of animals, is seated. They're here to see a live performance of a favorite tale, "The Runaway Pancake."
Craig resident Allan Reishus is worried. He's worried that the proposed Resource Management Plan presented to the public by the Bureau of Land Management does not go far enough in ensuring the reclamation of oil and gas exploration projects in Moffat County.
County questions figures in economic study
Triple Crown sporting events could bring $1.2 million in tax revenue to Northwest Colorado every summer, potentially supporting the need for a new regional sports complex in Hayden. However, county officials said Tuesday many of the numbers in the study could be misleading.
Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board members agreed to bring in business experts from other towns before deciding its fate during a meeting Tuesday night with the Craig City Council and Moffat County Commissioners.
EDWARDS -- Where'd the 20-minute hammer go down? Fans coming to see Battle Mountain girls soccer know to arrive on time because usually things happen rather quickly.
As with any time a tragedy like the Virginia Tech shooting happens, it leads to times of reflection.
A 31-year-old Craig man was arrested early Sunday morning for his involvement in an eight-person melee outside of Mather's Bar, Craig Police said.
Superintendent Pete Bergmann testifies before House panel
Superintendent Pete Bergmann said the Colorado House education committee sending the annual School Finance Act onto the entire House is a sign that "all our hard work is paying off."
School Board to hear public budget input Thursday
The Moffat County School District Board of Education will hear public input regarding possible budget cuts and reductions at its meeting Thursday.
Dedication to duties earn Cleo Knez hospital's Volunteer of the Year award
The walls inside Cleo Knez's home on Pershing Street are filled with paintings, family memorabilia and photos of kids, grandkids and even some great-grandkids.
Monday, April 23
Elkhead Reservoir's opening day has been pushed back to May 5 to allow time to prepare the site, Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike said.
Mother Nature didn't allow the Moffat County High School girls golf team to play 18 holes Monday, but the Bulldogs came in first place nonetheless.
The Moffat County High School boys swim team placed 14th out of 18 4A and 5A teams last weekend at the Jeffco Invite in Denver.
Defense, perseverance and teamwork propelled the Moffat County High School girls soccer team to their first win of the season Monday afternoon.
Craig city officials are looking for candidates to serve an advisory board to research the likelihood of a recreation center.
Estimates reveal 1,300 county residents uninsured or underinsured
A significant number of Moffat County residents are living either without health insurance or are underinsured, officials from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association said.
Grand Futures director: Today's youths abusing prescription drugs
Casey Jackson, a Craig Middle School eighth-grader, said he's heard some CMS students use Vicodin and alcohol to get a high on the weekends.
Sunday, April 22
High school reunion brings together old friends
A glance back 60 years at the youth attending high school in Craig shows that in many cases, things haven't changed that much.
The Moffat County High School boys and girls track and field teams both finished in the top 5 out of 15 teams Friday at the Rifle Invitational.
MCHS fueled by no-hitter, six home runs to score 37 runs
With a combined six home runs in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Battle Mountain, the Moffat County High School baseball team made the 19-0, 18-0 wins look like batting practice.
Gifted and talented students at Craig Intermediate School treated to Saturday class
It's Saturday morning, and fifth-grader Kurt Dunlap is spending part of his weekend at school. But, this is not punishment.
After years of service, first woman Elks Lodge member to step down as ruler
She was the first lady to be initiated into the Craig Elks Lodge and the first woman to be named exalted ruler.
A pipeline from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado's Front Range is past the proposal stage and the project is moving forward, project developer Aaron Million said Wednesday.
Friday, April 20
When Russ Snowden's not working as Pioneer Natural Resources operations foreman for the Lay Creek Field, he's been known to get on the mike and let his voice flow as an auctioneer.
LSRV track and field qualifies four for state
Running eight laps around a track and coming in first place is nothing new for Brooke Lee.
Craig Puck Ewes go the distance for second straight year
The Craig Puck Ewes brought the hardware back to town for the second time last Sunday.
The Elkhead Reservoir reached capacity level Friday for the first time since the dam was raised 25 feet in a $31 million expansion project.
After surging to flows that were more than five times what is typical in late March, the Yampa River has retreated to slightly below average flows this week. And that could be a good thing.
Jane Miller has so many cookbooks she's having her kitchen remodeled to include a specific cookbook case.
Interfaith Food Bank propelled by volunteers
In 2006, the Interfaith Food Bank distributed free food to about 2,500 clients facing hard financial times. And it was able to do so on the backs of dedicated volunteers.
Each spring, the Craig Daily Press recognizes one local teacher with its Teacher of the Year award.
MCHS student Maddy Attolini finds a career in her lifelong passion -- art
Since she was young, Maddy Attolini has known art was her biggest passion.
Mention the two words, and passionate debate arises, as well as sadness and anger. Virginia Tech.
We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support during the sad time of the loss of our son, Jesse. The cards, flowers, food and attendance at the funeral were such a support and a blessing to each of us. These few short words in a letter are inadequate to express how humbled and fortunate we feel to live in such a wonderful community.
A week for victims of crimes
National crime victims' rights week is April 22 to 28.
Warren Keith Beldon was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Collbran, to Roscoe and Bessie (Hawkins) Beldon. He was raised and attended school in Collbran. Warren attended Mesa College for two years. While in high school and college, he played both football and basketball.
Bessie Borroel, a former Oak Creek resident, died April 19, 2007, at her home in Grand Junction.
Longstanding event may not happen due to financial bind, lack of interest
Returning soldiers from World War II may have had a hand in starting the Ride 'N Tie Days Rodeo, as the Craig chapter of the American Legion started the event in 1946.
Public comments heard at roundtable meeting
Douglas Wellman came to the Yampa/White Basin Roundtable meeting Wednesday in part to express his opinion about the proposal to build a reservoir near Maybell and pump the water back to the eastern Colorado.
Rookie cup stackers compete gamely at World Championships
With her hands moving in a blur, 8-year-old East Elementary School student Emily Keleher logged a record-breaking time Friday in a unique sport gaining popularity at the school.
Thursday, April 19
Following two months of construction, the Craig Safeway, 1295 Victory Way, is ready for its re-grand opening.
This past weekend, I started organizing all of my recipe clippings that have been stuffed in cookbooks and in corners of the shelves where I store my recipe books. (My decision to start organizing is probably the reason the weather changed.)
Maybe a little rest is all the Moffat County High School girls golf team needed.
MCHS girls soccer stuggles to earn first win of season
The Battle Mountain Huskies lived up to its state ranking Thursday afternoon with a 7-0 defeat of Moffat County High School.
Name: Emanuel Quezada Age: 7 Occupation: I play soccer.
Local elementary schools use the mail to discover new regions
Forty years later, Flat Stanley still is one of children's favorite characters.
Visit to give residents chance to learn of low-cost prescription programs
In an effort to publicize programs offering free or low-cost medical prescriptions, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance group's "Help is Here Express" bus has stopped in 1,200 cities since 2005.
The Moffat County Tourism Association board made several monetary decisions at its monthly meeting Wednesday.
The Extension Office has been busy with people coming in and sharing their "distressed tree" stories and samples, and wanting to learn what to do to remedy them.
FBLA team uses state competition to learn, enhance next year's program
Three Moffat County High School students did not place at the state Future Business Leaders of America competition last weekend. But they don't mind.
First Christian Church bazaar raising money for missions, scholarships
The Ladies Mite Society of the First Christian Church has its Spring Bazaar, bake sale and the JOY Circle Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon April 28 at the church fellowship hall, 960 W. Victory Way.
This letter is to all of the people who have adopted a pet from our local animal shelter.
and other questions I can't answer
Lately, I feel like my children are auditioning me for that show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader." I'm failing dismally.
Georgia Simos Raftopoulos, 94, passed away surrounded by her loving family April 15, 2007, at the Memorial Hospital in Craig.
James Gore requests change of plea in Natrona County District Court
A Craig suspect has notified Natrona County District Court that he intends to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from an alleged attempted burglary and shootout with police officers last year in Casper, Wyo.
Community contributor Rich Self's retirement years shine bright with volunteerism
After 37 years of working as an electrician, you'd think long-time Craig resident Rich Self had more than earned, and would have wanted, a leisurely life after retiring in 1995.
Poznet forced to closed down due to legal matter with TMH
A legal dispute between The Memorial Hospital and Poznet Solutions has come down to this: Poznet -- a collection company -- closed its doors in Craig on March 15.
Wednesday, April 18
Modest Craig couple named 2006 Volunteers of the Year
For nearly three decades, Jim and Roberta Hume have quietly gone about the business of taking in and raising foster children, more than 70 in all. They did so for as basic a reason as any.
Craig woman hones skills in Australia
At a Thanksgiving dinner held in Australia, Sasha Nelson discovered more than "shrimp on the barbie."
Moffat County High School juniors busy planning for prom
Months of planning, sleepless nights and long hours spent decorating all come down to that one moment.
MCHS girls golfers look to pick up where they left off
After a nine-day hiatus, the Moffat County High School girls golf team travels to Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose today.
Sparky steps on shards of glass and cuts his paws, or Fluffy is choking.
Craig youths rally to help clean Loudy-Simpson Park
Seven-year-old Spencer Herod loves going fishing at Loudy-Simpson Park.
I recently began to notice that my children are smarter than I am.
Club 20 intentions are to create, not reform
The April 14 Daily Press article "Club 20 committee proposes health care reform" speaks of Club 20's "plan to reform the state's health care system."
Susan and Matt Louthan of Craig announce the birth of a daughter, Haylie Wade Louthan, at 4:40 p.m. April 14, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Clinic of Steamboat Springs.
Kacey and Chad Green of Craig announce the birth of a son, Tate William Green, at 2:46 p.m. April 2, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Clinic of Steamboat Springs.
Fallon and Steven Duncan of Craig announce the birth of a son, Logan Robert Duncan, at 6:35 p.m. April 9, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Clinic of Steamboat Springs.
Lynn and Andrew Picking of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of daughter, Isabelle "Izzy" Agnes Picking, at 9:37 p.m. April 10, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Clinic of Steamboat Springs.
Lynn and Andrew Picking of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of a son, Andrew "Drew" Milton Picking, at 9:33 p.m. April 10, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Clinic of Steamboat Springs.
Jessica and Rusty Baker of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of a daughter, Peyton Rose Baker, at 5:48 p.m. April 12, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Clinic of Steamboat Springs.
VA to open community clinic in Craig
Veterans in Northwest Coloï¿½--rado will be able to get medical care in Craig this fall.
Tuesday, April 17
This week's novel for young adults bears the silver seal of the prestigious Newbery Honor. Joan Baur is the author of "Hope Was Here."
MCHS wins 16-3 after losing 3-2 last week
When a single passed ball allows two runners to score it does not bode well for your defense.
The next Craig Library patron who fails to return a borrowed item will bring the number of fines due to an even 7,000.
The winner of the Craig Poets and Downtown Books eighth-grade poetry contest were announced this week.
Mark Twain once said, "And what is a man without energy? Nothing -- nothing at all."
Local volunteer a supporter, organizer of Western Area Summer Games
The highway cleanups are nice. Work on the city charter committee was interesting. The evenings with Santa bring needed joy to people around the holidays, and it was rewarding to give back by working on a school improvement committee.
Agency accepts director's resignation, seeks government say
The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board is awaiting additional city of Craig and Moffat County input before deciding the agency's fate, board President Scott Cook said Tuesday evening.
Monday, April 16
Top individual times helped the Moffat County High School boys swim team Saturday in a triangular meet with Montrose and host Grand Junction.
Shooting reinforces need for safety plans, superintendent says
Last week, a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the parking lot at Ridgeview Elementary School, prompting educators to lock down the building and notify police officers.
Moffat County Habitat for Humanity volunteers are readying the group's first project home at 745 Yampa Ave. for a tour this weekend by public officials.
A contagious horse disease known as "strangles" is lingering at Sidney Peak Ranch, a month after most of the unusually large outbreak subsided.
Teachers are some of the hardest working, yet sometimes under-appreciated, professionals in today's workforce.
Local junior golfers looking to learn the sport of golf will soon have their day with Yampa Valley Golf Course professionals.
Five-county agency expands services to include adults
Don Reed spent three painful months waiting to get two teeth extracted.
The gunman suspected of carrying out the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead was identified Tuesday as a senior English major from South Korea. But police and university officials offered no clue to his motive.
Sunday, April 15
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, shot up a classroom building across campus Monday, killing 32 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. The gunman committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 33.
Jesse H. Gray, 29, of Grand Junction, died at home April 12. He was born May 5, 1977 in Craig, the son of Tom and Brenda Gray. As a child, Jesse loved baseball, building tree houses with friends and drawing. By high school, he developed a talent for basketball and was becoming an accomplished artist.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 29-year-old Grand Junction man.
COMA scrambles for $10,000
When nonprofit organizations are commended for doing good work, grant money sometimes finds them.
Local teenager celebrates her birthday with tradition
For his daughters, this day is all about the shoes, the dress, the jewelry and, perhaps most importantly, the hair.
MCHS graduate brings personal lessons to help baseball team
You can pay for knowledge, but you can't buy experience.
On March 15, the Moffat County High School girls' soccer team took Glenwood Springs the distance, forcing a 2-2 tie in overtime.
The Moffat County High School boys track team placed third Friday at the Fruita Wildcat Invitational, and the girls fifth out of eight.
Bulldog bats come alive in doubleheader sweep
The Moffat County High School baseball team swept Glenwood Springs, 4-3 and 11-2 Saturday afternoon at Craig Middle School.
Funeral services for Warren Beldon, father of Mike Beldon, of Craig, will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Congregational Church in Collbran.
Friday, April 13
Three Future Business Leaders of America members from Moffat County High School compete at the state level Sunday through Tuesday in Vail.
Brandon Seick seeks farm career after graduation next month
There's six weeks left until graduation, but Moffat County High School senior Brandon Seick said it's better not to count.
Director verbally resigns, board meets Tuesday to discuss next step
Editor's note: This story appeared in Friday's Craig Daily Press. However, the end of the story was inadvertently omitted. We apologize for the error and are rerunning the story in its entirety.
In response to Kathy Oberwitte's April 12 letter to the editor, "People need to get more involved in recall effort," the Secretary of State's office would like to make one clarification.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of those who supported me during the recall petition drive.
After months of debate about what the role of the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership should be, the future of the organization now hangs in the balance.
State review finds Moffat County department 'does not assure child safety'
A report released recently finds Moffat County Department of Social Services is not in compliance with state rules and "does not assure child safety."
Jesse H. Gray, son of Tom and Brenda Gray, died Thursday in Grand Junction. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.
Year's total of 56,993 animals still below 2004's record-setting haul
The Colorado elk harvest in 2006 showed higher results than the previous year, but the numbers still were below the 2004 record-setting harvest.
On the Record for April 14
Laura Josephine "Jody" Salisbury was born July 6, 1929, in Savery, Wyo., to Samuel P. "Dutch" and Mildred (Cullens) Morgan. She was raised and attended school in Savery. She attended the University of Wyoming where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and later received a Master's degree from a college in Long Beach, Calif.
Farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to protect stream and river corridors through the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program.
Two months of discussion, and input from a wide range of interests, were used in formulating a Club 20 plan to reform the state's health care system, members said.
Forty years later, annual Sombrero Ranch horse roundup still kicking up dust and tourism in Maybell
One day each spring, the streets of Maybell come alive with the clip-clopping of hooves on pavement, the smell of horse-flesh and the rising dust as 500 horses are driven through the town's main street.
Everyone needs to get more serious.
Girls soccer loses game, intensity to Palisade
While the northwesterly winds were blowing across Moffat County High School, the morale level on the soccer team dropped.
Thursday, April 12
Last week's column ended with "The Famous Senate Bean Soup Recipe," a recipe that Helen Moore brought back with her from Washington, D.C. some years ago, and that was sent in by Mary Roland of Grand Junction.
MCHS seeks to even series against Palisade, Glenwood
Never mind the 0-5-1 overall record of the Moffat County High School girls soccer team, coach Seth Young said his squad is healthy and improving.
Name: Britni Alexander Age: 24 Occupation: Paraprofessional at Ridgeview Elementary
CIS book fair offers students a chance to buff up their reading repertoire
Sixth-grader Natasha Sloan is reading "Year of the Hangman" in her literacy class.
New Community Budget Center Board President LaDeana Cook said items on her agenda for the next year include making improvements to the Budget Center building and recruiting new board members.
Archbishop confirms Craig, Meeker and Rangely residents into Catholic faith
About 38 people, even the children, are no longer children in terms of their faith.
Words cannot express my gratitude to the volunteers who chose to be circulators during our recall campaign.
Children are creatures of habit. They like schedules and routines.
Bonita Mae "Bonnie" Bolling was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Chickasha, Okla., to George and Hattie (Bush) Bolling. She was raised and attended school in Sterling, Ill.
Summer break provides teens with lots of opportunities for earning a little extra cash, and perhaps starting a college savings fund.
Governor appoints local doctor to state health board
Governor Bill Ritter appointed a long-time Craig family physician to the State Board of Health on Thursday.
Director verbally resigns, board meets Tuesday to discuss next step
The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership has a closed meeting planned for Tuesday to discuss the resignation of Executive Director Tim Gibbs and the EDP's future.
Wednesday, April 11
On the Record for April 12
The Moffat County Youth Wrestling team placed 11th of 16 teams at Saturday's Casey Turner Memorial Wrestling tournament in Meeker.
Thanks to two local benefactors, Trapper Fitness Center recently received two new stationary cycling pieces of equipment.
Commission orders new fairgrounds building
Moffat County Fair coordinator Carol Haskins is excited about the new building set to arrive at the fairgrounds.
I have worked in the oil and gas industry for 12 years. Almost all of the companies I have worked for have done an excellent job following rules and regulations.
Words cannot express my gratitude to the volunteers who chose to be circulators during our recall campaign.
I wanted to express a personal thank you to the many people and businesses who sponsored the recent Mystery Dinner to benefit the Recreational After-School Doorway, known as RAD, program.
Traci and Mark-Lee Curtis, of Baggs, Wyo., are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Tucker Floyd Josef Curtis, at 8:39 p.m. April 4, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital of Craig.
arren Beldon, father of Mike Beldon, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge and Care Center.
Lifetime Routt County rancher William Bowie May died on April 9, 2007 in Fruita. Bill was born May 20, 1928, in Steamboat Springs. He was raised on the family's S-S cattle and horse ranch until his retirement.
1920 -- 2007
Andrew "Andy" Nick Duzik was born July 22, 1920, in Craig on the family ranch. Andy passed away April 4, 2007, in Craig at age 86.
The city of Craig, Moffat County and the United Way will be celebrating National Volunteer Week by hosting the annual volunteer barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic shelter if the weather cooperates, and in the Pavilion if it rains.
VFW Post 4265 is offering a reward for any information that leads to the return of its flags or results in a conviction for the vandalism incidents that occured on its property.
Craig Police Department officers used Tuesday night's meeting on the presence of a sexually violent predator living in the city to frame a larger point to the general public.
Internet safety class for parents warns against predators, identity theft and bullying
Kyra Workman spends three hours a day online. "Some of the time I'm doing homework, but most of the time I'm on MySpace or MSN," the Moffat County High School freshman said.
Tuesday, April 10
They have hurt men, they have hurt women and they have hurt children.
Even though this week's book begins, "Once upon a time...," it's not a children's book. That's not to say that it doesn't involve fantasy, however.
A drought was snapped Tuesday afternoon at Craig Middle School in the Steamboat Springs High School vs. Moffat County High School baseball rivalry.
Law enforcement officers learn tactics to deal with civil unrest
The can makes a loud pop, and out comes bone-white plumes of thick smoke. Two lines of law enforcement officers, outfitted with helmets and batons, drop to the pavement at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and begin putting on gas masks.
Public notified of 53-year-old multiple offender
The Craig Police Department released the name Tuesday of a 53-year-old man who is considered a sexually violent predator, a classification deemed to have a high rate of re-offending, now living in the city.
Bulldogs hold Sailors for 60, but can't grab win
Frigid winds blasting across Moffat County leveled the playing field for what the girls on the Steamboat Springs soccer team thought would be a blowout in their favor.
The Moffat County High School girls golf defeated 10 of 12 teams Tuesday at the Rifle Invitational.
Craig VFW Post 4265 flags go missing during weekend
Six times vandals damaged the wooden soldier standing guard outside the Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.
When it comes to the maintenance and stabilization of unpaved public roads, magnesium chloride, or "mag chloride," is the ingredient used to quell the dust and harden the road surface.
Like spring flowers, subdivisions sprout each year as the ground clears and people's thoughts turn to building projects.
Former KRAI radio personality recalls memories from his Fruita home
Some could probably still recognize his voice.
Seventh-grader Jordan Porter found out Saturday she won honorable mention in the Columbine Poets Annual Statewide Poetry Contest for her poem, "Small, Gray, and Precious."
It's been a year of safety records for Trapper Mine.
Monday, April 9
Steamboat Springs -- Lupe Macias always is up for a challenge, so it should come as no surprise that the Hayden junior, less than one year after moving to the United States from Ecuador, sat down with a pencil and a limited understanding of English to take the ACT test last spring.
Led by a state-qualifying performance, the Moffat County High School girls track and field team finished seventh out of 28 teams Saturday at the Palisade Invitational.
The Moffat County High School locker rooms have narrow wooden benches with a chalkboard.
Two colorful, eye-catching paintings of Inuit art hang on the wall of the soon-to-be vacated office of Bob Simpson, community development director for the city of Englewood.
Two new, two returning members come together to serve Craig
Rod Compton has been preparing for his swearing in to the Craig City Council since last Tuesday's election.
Insufficient signatures submitted to Secretary's Office
A petition seeking to oust 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink from office failed, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office announced Monday afternoon.
Customized management plan can control problem
Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting nearly five million children in the United States, or more than one child in 20. Recent statistics show that the prevalence of asthma among children is reaching epidemic proportions, affecting more females than males and more African American children than any other group.
For the first time in four scheduled attempts, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team hosted a game Saturday afternoon against Delta.
The shirt says it all. "Team Bulldog -- tell me I can't and I will show you I will."
Summer is an ideal time to enjoy the many events and sights Colorado and nearby areas have to offer, but planning itineraries and arranging for travel buddies and reliable transportation can limit seniors' opportunities during the fleeting warm months.
Sunday, April 8
Joel Sheridan determined to find school district finance solution
He calls it the one of the biggest challenges of his career.
Adding a fresh coat of paint and eliminating clutter has given ImageMakers Salon a new look, owner Susan Johnston said.
Traditionally, the young adults who opt for a summer of hard manual labor with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps give back to the country through conservation work in Colorado's backcountry.
County looks to preserve political homestead
Sometimes lost in the high-speed drive on U.S. 40 west from Craig, is a small historical site marking the homestead of a Moffat County man who made it big in the political world.
Friday, April 6
Former all-state basketball player stays on the court as member of UW practice squad
In Hollywood they call it the Best Supporting Actor award. When the University of Wyoming women's basketball team defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 72-56, March 31 for the Women's National Invitation Tournament championship, chances are nobody had a bigger smile than Jason Wille.
The tradition of the Pinewood Derby alive and well in Craig
When asked the question, 7-year-old Colby Beckett's attention shifts away from his buddies, his eyes narrow and the short simple words of his answer come out cool and confident.
New season means new life on ranch
Every spring, the green fields and patches of blue flowers come to Maybell slightly sooner than the rest of Moffat County.
Thank you to The Memorial Hospital staff.
As I read your editorial, "Good Form Reform," I was struck by (the editorial board's) thoughtful opinion and your candor.
This is continued from the March 17 article, citing a Craig Commercial Club article from 1910:
Two weeks ago, 60 percent of the people who logged onto the Craig Daily Press's Question of the Week noted they would not vote in Tuesday's election.
Swanson awaits another launch date for his first space mission
Steamboat Springs High School graduate Steve Swanson is patiently waiting for his first space mission aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Salt Lake jets resume for the summer June 8
Travelers who plan to fly frequently between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver this month will want to pay close attention to changing schedules.
Resident Jeremy Hinkle hired by Sheriff's Office
When the search to find a resident deputy to live in Dinosaur began, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz likely never expected to find a qualified candidate who had already lived in the community for a dozen years.
Local teacher Roger Spears attends Mars research project in Mojave Desert
Life on Mars?
Group asks for alternative support for plan
The Friends of Northwest Colorado, a volunteer group comprised of Moffat County residents, has secured at least 100 endorsements from area residents supporting its alternative proposal to the Bureau of Land Management's resource management plan.
Thursday, April 5
I enjoyed the letter that I received from Mary Roland last week. Mary, who lives in Grand Junction now, says "Hello" to her Craig friends.
Moffat County High School freshmen and sophomores traveled to Glenwood Springs Wednesday to represent the Bulldogs track and field team.
Coaches balance friendship and respect with parents
They were hesitant to talk about it. Every time a coach was approached, they would ask, "What is the theme of this story, and why are you writing it?"
The Colorado Workforce Center and the Holiday Inn are putting on a job fair Wednesday.
New owner, police looking for 'demo party' hosts
Steamboat Springs resident Jon Wade and his investment partners closed on a $705,000 rental property Tuesday afternoon. The next day, he discovered the four tenants he had inherited had thrown a "demo party" the night before that resulted in what he estimated is in excess of $100,000 in damage.
Sunday is Easter, the day of the year when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
My sister, 15 months my junior, is one of the most gullible people I know. Say it with a little authority in your voice, and she believes every word. Send it in e-mail form and she'll forward it to her entire address book.
First meeting for Gardening Club
The CSU Moffat County Extension Office invites all gardeners or gardener wanna-bes to join the new Northwest Colorado Gardening Club.
A memorial service for Eleanor Frieda Barnhisel Weber, 91, will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9 at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel in Torrington, Wyo., with the Reverend Mary Jellison officiating.
Laura Josephine Salisbury, a former Snake River resident, died Wednesday at Brookside Inn in Castle Rock. Services are pending.
A memorial service for Bonita "Bonnie" Linton will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grant Mortuary. Interment of cremains will follow in the Craig Cemetery.
Funeral services for Andrew Duzik will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Michael. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Grant Mortuary.
Have fun this weekend creatively transforming some eggs into works of art, but be sure to practice good food safety hygiene if you plan to eat them.
Scheduled plea hearings for a Craig woman suspected of dealing narcotics were continued Tuesday in 14th Judicial District Court.
Kadi Catoor, Emily Krogman, Klein Nielson, Sam Weeldreyer and Christopher Pankey document their experience through the Grand Canyon.
When he approached the camp on horseback, one student thought he was a moose. "There's a moose," senior Klein Nielson called out from under his sleeping bag. As the horse footsteps grew louder, it became apparent it wasn't a moose. "Where's the moose?" the Havasupai Indian said in drawn-out, accented English. The Indian was just passing through the Moffat County High School students' camp in the Grand Canyon. The fact that it was midnight and the Indian was on horseback was commonplace for him.
Senior Jaime Montes had never before been camping. Now, just a few days off a weeklong camping trip, he's ready to go again. "It was a hard-to-forget experience because it was gorgeous," Montes said. Montes was one of 13 Moffat County High School students who spent three days and four nights in the Grand Canyon, followed by two days of mountain biking and rock climbing in Moab, Utah, in March.
The rocks of the canyon floor are hard and give way to loose dirt as you step on them, feeling your way down the face of a cliff that rivals any other on Earth.
Wednesday, April 4
Parents, swimmers rally defense in face of possible budget cuts
A group of parents met Wednesday night to prepare for an April 26 Moffat County School Board meeting, when discussions about the hypothetical closure of the Moffat County High School swimming pool will take place.
I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped me with my dad, Kerry Cobb. The gang that was with him when he was well and could get out and do things was also at his house to see him, help him no matter what the task when he became unable. That is because you truly loved the man, and he could not have asked for better friends.
dent Roy Jons, 83, died March 27, 2007 at Sandrock Ridge Care Center in Craig surrounded by his family.
Bonita "Bonnie" Linton, of Craig, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Services are pending.
Andrew Duzik, of Craig, died Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.
Nearly 700 voters marked ballots
A total of 671 voters went to the poll for Tuesday's City Council Election.
Election judges answer questions, aid voters
Al Martinez has trouble seeing and uses a cane to negotiate his way around town. Still, he had no trouble voting Tuesday, thanks to helpful election judges stationed at the polling place.
Normal office hours to see the County Veterans Service Officer are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. No appointments are necessary.
Police department to host educational meeting on sexual predator living in area
A sexually violent predator has moved into the local community, Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta said, prompting the department to notify the public as required by state law.
Local students wrap up CSAP testing this week
Some students scrunch up their noses upon mention of CSAP.
Tuesday, April 3
The Moffat County High School girls soccer team lost to Palisade 2-0 Tuesday afternoon.
The Moffat County High School girls golf team placed third out of eight 4A teams Tuesday at the Coal Ridge Invitational at Lakota Ridge Ranch Golf Course near Glenwood Springs.
Three girls basketball players, two wrestlers and one swimmer selected from Denver Post
Six Moffat County High School student-athletes were selected to the 4A All State team.
Election draws 13 percent of registered voters
Ballots from Tuesday night's Craig municipal election arrived at the Moffat County Courthouse shortly after 7 p.m.
Sally Smith has been working on a plan for Craig Beautification Week since last year. She volunteered to chair the committee in charge of the project because she wanted to help remove the trash, weeds and dirt around town.
The Craig Rotary Club has undertaken the project of placing flags along portions of Victory Way and Yampa.
I find it hard to believe that Ms. Zulian and Mr. Robbins are attacking my daughter-in-law Kathy Oberwitte instead of the issues that this recall petition is about. The recall is about the injustices that many people in the 14th Judicial District feel have occurred and are occurring. It is not a warm and fuzzy feeling to hear talk about the town that we are known for as the meth area of Colorado.
On April 7, 2006, there was an altercation at MCHS that involved three students. From the word go, my son said that he was not involved in any way. On April 10, 2006, the High School Administration suspended four boys for participating. One of them was my son, and this is my story.
I am writing in support of two bills in our state legislature. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC, the regulating body for oil and gas development) is made up almost completely of oil and gas company representatives. This commission is supposed to work to protect the interests of all Coloradoans, but the commission is completely lopsided in favor of the companies. House Bill 1341 reforms the make up of the commission and H.B. 1223 directors the commission to work with the Colorado Department of Health to write rules that will protect the health of residents impacted by oil and gas development.
It's an at-times difficult act -- balancing the desires of business and its much-needed revenue streams with protecting the environment and public health.
Chamber of Commerce organizes Ride the Rockies events riders are sure to not forget
Christina Currie's mission is simple.
$10,800 to come from general fund for administrative costs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- Despite losing the support of the Routt County Sheriff's Office, the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team received a boost in funding Tuesday after two county commissioners voted in favor of giving the drug task force $10,800 for administrative costs.
Voters select two new members, re-elect two incumbents
Craig City Council candidate Ray Beck looked down at the sheet, holding the results of Tuesday's election.
Monday, April 2
The Moffat County Youth Wrestling team placed seven of its 11 team members at Saturday's Rifle tournament.
Sometimes when you come out flat, wins can be much harder to achieve. Saturday's split doubleheader against Palisade was a case in point for the Moffat County High School baseball team.
Innes leads Bulldogs against five 4A teams at Glenwood Springs tournament
Moffat County High School came in second place out of five 4A teams Monday afternoon at The Hill Golf Course in Glenwood Springs.
I want to encourage the citizens of the 14th Judicial District of Colorado to get the facts before they sign a petition that is being circulated by an individual who is using Colorado's recall provision as a method of "payback."
My name is Donna Zulian, and I have worked for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office for 26 years.
We're writing in support of Ray Beck for a position on the Craig City Council.
Virgina Lee "Ginny" Bohach, of Grayville, Ill., died Thursday, March 22, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. She was born July 28, 1947, in Baltimore, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Emery) Cimorelli. She married John D. Bohach on July 14, 1979.
Habitat seeks members, donations
With the weather turning warmer, members of Habitat for Humanity are looking to continue their work.
Sheriff's Office to receive updated fingerprint identification machine
For six years, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office used its Identix machine to catalogue the information and fingerprints of thousands upon thousands of suspects, firearm and job applicants.
Wiggins asks for approval of DA funding of GRAMNET
Officials with the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office are asking the county today to approve a request that would allow the DA's Office to contribute $10,800 to the regional drug task force's operating budget.
Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today
At every election in Craig, one resident finds himself at the front of the voting line, sometimes arriving an hour early to exercise his right to vote as an American.
Moffat County duo wins category, advances to speech and debate nationals
Emily Norris nearly fainted. After a day of vomiting from food poisoning and the anxiety of performing in front of judges and peers, waiting to hear how she and partner Tanya Rinehart placed was too much to bear.
Sunday, April 1
The boys and girls track and field team finished fourth and third place, respectively, Saturday at the Rangely High School Invitational.
Coaches Invitational proves to be eye opener as personal bests are reached
Moffat County High School swimmers entered new territory Saturday as part of the Dick Rush Coaches Invitational in Loveland, by emerging in a tie for 10th place out of 13 4A teams.
A small group from the congregation at First Baptist Church is sponsoring a free Car Care Clinic for single mothers, senior citizens and disabled residents later this month.
With 8,500 square feet in showroom space on a corner lot, Steve Bell thinks his furniture store will thrive at its new location.
Tuesday is Election Day for three Craig City Council seats.
There's a road sign that hangs in the Lou Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum that is especially favored by museum benefactor Lou Wyman.
More than 400 people get screenings at 9Health Fair
For Craig resident Marcia East, Saturday's 9Health Fair was the perfect opportunity for a check-up.