Stories for April 2007

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The Record for May 1

Datebook for May 1

COMA to host drug testing seminar

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.

Mike Andrews: 'Fraud' for citizens, 'reform' for politicians

When a group of ordinary citizens concoct a scheme to sell U.S. citizenship to illegal aliens, it's called "fraud."

The sweet sound of victory

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.

Property values on the rise

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

William "Bill" Doolin, longtime Hayden resident, died Saturday at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Junction. A service is pending.

Briefs for May 1

COMA volunteers taking respite

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse will suspend executive committee and public meetings in May, June and July.

Sentencing hearing delayed

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.

Son that followed father's path in Navy retires

Bud Nelson knows what a U.S. Navy career feels like. He enlisted in 1957 in Long Beach and served for 26 years.

Association emphasizes dental care issues after recent tragedy

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.

Course, weather plays in Bulldogs' favor

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.

Swim team qualifies individuals, relays for state

The Moffat County High School boys swim team beat host Glenwood Springs but lost to Durango and Grand Junction high schools Saturday.

Gun control sparks debate

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

Officials urge safety measures at Elkhead

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.

Alarm prevents further damage

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.

German trip helpful, fire board member says

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.

Baseball heads to postseason play

Jake Satterwhite would have been proud.

MCHS places 2nd at Clint Wells Invite

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.

Letter to the editor: Gail Petch

The Moffat County Rabbit Rustlers 4-H Club would like to thank everyone who helped make our April 21 fundraiser on a success.

Letter to the editor: Moffat County Humane Society

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:

Letter to the editor: Caroline Dotson

I realize that sometimes reporters are forced, out of obligation to their job, to report under less than ideal circumstance.

Couple launches Web site, hosts open house

Ty and Amanda Ott are offering commonplace items in an uncommon way.

Something little, big difference

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

Editorial: Our turn to look after them

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."

Obituary: Richard W. Langley

A funeral service for Richard W. Langley, stepson of Harley Guess, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary.

Letter to the editor: Francisco Reina

I don't agree with the letter to the editor in yesterday's paper.

Letter to the editor: CMS eighth-grade teachers

On April 26, eighth-grade boys at Craig Middle School explored career opportunities in the second annual Boys2Men seminar.

Letter to the editor: The 4-H sharp shooters

We would like to thank Alvin Luker

Letter to the editor: Family of Betty Lou Hammat Johnson Patton

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.

House passes School Finance Act

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.

Andy Bockelman: Fans will hunger for 'Hunger Force'

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.

Hospital prepares to split with ER provider

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.

The nature of nurture

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.

New hospital timeline in the works

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.

Early childhood group gets nearly $78,000 for council

Area early childhood education providers seeking to create a joint Moffat-Rio Blanco county system have been granted nearly $78,000 to do so.

The old Elkhead

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.

School Board looks at $25 million bond

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.

Recall organizers submit petition in dispute

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.

Worth the extra boost in hype?

Coaches don't see benefits in energy drinks as more athletes consume them

Talk of energy runs rampant in the Yampa Valley.

Irons in the fire

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.

Run4Chance approaches Craig

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.

Two MCHS students suspended for threats

Principal: Students, school are safe

An investigation is being conducted into two Moffat County High School teens for allegedly making threats against other students.

Invite brings track athletes home

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.

Superintendent accepts $16,000 pay cut

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.

Ag for the grad

Brandon Seick seeks farm career following graduation next month

Thursday, April 26

Community airs concerns on School Board's budget process

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.

The good Dr. James

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.

Hospital loses another long-time employee

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.

Over a Cup of Coffee for April 27

Recently I found my recipe for Enchilada Casserole. It's a good recipe that I haven't made in awhile.

Former MCHS swimmer sets sights on Olympics

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.

Moffat County Neighbor: John Erceg

John Erceg

Getting green thumbs

Gardening club started to nurture aspiring gardeners

Getting her hands dirty, the exercise and escaping from the world.

Conference encourages young girls to think about future

Once they stopped punching the numbers into calculators, the exclamations came fast and furious.

Elisa Shackelton: Safety of U.S. food chain being questioned

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.

Confirming his call

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.

Christina Currie: In the spotlight

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.

Elefar Garcia: Paper shouldn't have put Hispanics last

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.

Richard W. Langley

A funeral service for Richard W. Langley, stepson of Harley Guess, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

Carol Cullen

A memorial service for Carol Cullen, of Craig, is at 11 a.m. Monday at Grant Mortuary.

Bessie Borroel

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.

Drawing up a future

Wednesday, April 25

Never enough

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.

MCHS boys basketball coach resigns

Parker continues to teach history at high school

Scott Parker, Moffat County High School boys basketball coach, has officially resigned.

Clint Wells Invitatational history

Although Moffat County High School's track and field meet Friday is its 51st annual, it is known as the Clint Wells Invitational.

MCHS prepares to host Invitatational

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.

Hospital: New CT scanner to be online in June

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.

Class offers SIDS prevention education

Statewide organization offers Craig presentation on infant death

There's no known cause, prevention or cure.

Weather warriors

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

March real estate transactions

Fire fighter sues after termination

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.

Bill Harding: New clinic coming to town

Finally, the word that many veteran leaders for this community have been lobbying and pushing for almost 10 years has been received.

Briefs for April 26

Police investigate shooting

James Kendall Turner

James Kendall Turner has come unstuck in time.

City Council approves 15-acre hospital plat

A 100-acre site west of town could become a hub of activity in the future, with several high-profile tenants.

Triple Crown financial impacts could be significant

If a sports complex is built in Hayden, it could mean significantly more money and jobs for Routt County.

Tuesday, April 24

Vanessa Marie Menera

Diane Prather: 'Runaway Pancake' a cute book

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."

Energy bonds not enough for resident

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.

No home run (yet) for Triple Crown

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.

EDP to bring in experts before proceeding

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.

MCHS falls to Battle Mountain

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.

Our View: Reflection and reaction

As with any time a tragedy like the Virginia Tech shooting happens, it leads to times of reflection.

Rilla May Wiggins

Richard W. Langley

Carol Cullen

Kayley Jolene Vanas

Jayden Kenneth Cromer

Alyvia Nevaeh Cox

Briefs for April 25

Datebook for April 25

Craig man arrested for alleged role in fight

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.

Committee hears from official

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."

Dollars and sense

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.

A plaque for the wall

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 opening day now May 5

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.

MCHS girls golfers beat both elements and opponents

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.

MCHS swim team places 14th out of 18

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.

Girls soccer joins the win column

Defense, perseverance and teamwork propelled the Moffat County High School girls soccer team to their first win of the season Monday afternoon.

Briefs for April 24

Datebook for April 24

City looks to renew park advisory board

Craig city officials are looking for candidates to serve an advisory board to research the likelihood of a recreation center.

VNA to address health care concerns

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.

Generation Rx

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

Class recalls 1947

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.

MCHS track and field makes top 5

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.

Bulldogs play together

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.

Born with a thirst for knowledge

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.

Briefs for April 23

Datebook for April 23

'Regular work horse'

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.

Pipeline project underway

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

A pioneer in the field

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.

In it for the long run

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.

Back-to-back hockey championships

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.

Elkhead reaches capacity level

The Elkhead Reservoir reached capacity level Friday for the first time since the dam was raised 25 feet in a $31 million expansion project.

Dipping temperatures slip Yampa flow below normal levels

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.

Rangely Chamber seeks recipes for cookbook

Jane Miller has so many cookbooks she's having her kitchen remodeled to include a specific cookbook case.

'Quite a little grocery store'

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.

Daily Press seeks Teacher of the Year nominations

Each spring, the Craig Daily Press recognizes one local teacher with its Teacher of the Year award.

Drawing up a future

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.

Our View: Irrational behaviors

Mention the two words, and passionate debate arises, as well as sadness and anger. Virginia Tech.

The Gray family: Thank you to the community for support

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.

Briefs for April 21

A week for victims of crimes

National crime victims' rights week is April 22 to 28.

Warren Keith Beldon

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

Bessie Borroel, a former Oak Creek resident, died April 19, 2007, at her home in Grand Junction.

Datebook for April 21

The last ride of the Ride 'N Tie Rodeo?

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.

Yampa Pumpback project discussed

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.

World cups

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

Briefs for April 20

Following two months of construction, the Craig Safeway, 1295 Victory Way, is ready for its re-grand opening.

Diane Prather: Dishing up some bean soup

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.)

Girls golf tops all in Montrose

Maybe a little rest is all the Moffat County High School girls golf team needed.

Huskies shut out Bulldogs

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.

Moffat County Neighbor: Emanuel Quezada

Name: Emanuel Quezada Age: 7 Occupation: I play soccer.

Cross-country learning

Local elementary schools use the mail to discover new regions

Forty years later, Flat Stanley still is one of children's favorite characters.

Bus tour to make Craig pit stop

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.

MCTA board makes expenditure decisions

The Moffat County Tourism Association board made several monetary decisions at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

How did your trees fare the winter?

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.

The rebuilding process

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.

Mission of the Mites

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.

Letter to the editor: Carol Scott

This letter is to all of the people who have adopted a pet from our local animal shelter.

Christina M. Currie: The origin of species ...

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.

Obituary: Georgia Simos Raftopoulos

Georgia Simos Raftopoulos, 94, passed away surrounded by her loving family April 15, 2007, at the Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Another shootout suspect to plead guilty

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.

Volunteering his Self

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.

Closed doors

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

'Out of sight'

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.

Quilting ... down under

Craig woman hones skills in Australia

At a Thanksgiving dinner held in Australia, Sasha Nelson discovered more than "shrimp on the barbie."

'One of the funnest nights'

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.

The swing of things

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.

Humane Society offering pet first aid workshop

Sparky steps on shards of glass and cuts his paws, or Fluffy is choking.

Pick-up party

Craig youths rally to help clean Loudy-Simpson Park

Seven-year-old Spencer Herod loves going fishing at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Everything I needed to know about parenting I learned in kindergarten

I recently began to notice that my children are smarter than I am.

Letter to the editor: Richard Watts

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."

Birth: Haylie Wade Louthan

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.

Birth: Tate William Green

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.

Birth: Logan Robert Duncan

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.

Birth: Isabelle "Izzy" Agnes Picking

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.

Birth: Andrew "Drew" Milton Picking

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.

Birth: Peyton Rose Baker

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.

Victory for veterans

VA to open community clinic in Craig

Veterans in Northwest Colo�--rado will be able to get medical care in Craig this fall.

Tuesday, April 17

Datebook for April 18

'Hope was Here' is an exciting must-read

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."

Bulldogs avenge loss to rival Sailors

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.

Overdue book fines add up

The next Craig Library patron who fails to return a borrowed item will bring the number of fines due to an even 7,000.

Poetry group announces eighth-grade winners

The winner of the Craig Poets and Downtown Books eighth-grade poetry contest were announced this week.

Puhl receives training

The little things count

Mark Twain once said, "And what is a man without energy? Nothing -- nothing at all."

Briefs for April 18

Olympic champion

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.

EDP waits for city, county input

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

MCHS swimmers record top personal times

Top individual times helped the Moffat County High School boys swim team Saturday in a triangular meet with Montrose and host Grand Junction.

Raising awareness

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.

Habitat closing in on home completion

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.

Sidney Peak struck with strangles disease

A contagious horse disease known as "strangles" is lingering at Sidney Peak Ranch, a month after most of the unusually large outbreak subsided.

Datebook for April 17

Briefs for April 17

Teachers are some of the hardest working, yet sometimes under-appreciated, professionals in today's workforce.

James K. Turner

Georgia Raftopoulos

Rilla Wiggins

Sports briefs for April 17

Local junior golfers looking to learn the sport of golf will soon have their day with Yampa Valley Golf Course professionals.

Dental coalition opens wide

Five-county agency expands services to include adults

Don Reed spent three painful months waiting to get two teeth extracted.

Virginia Tech: Gunman was a student from S. Korea

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

Gunman kills 32 at Virginia Tech shooting before committing suicide

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.

Obituary: Jesse H. Gray

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.

Moffat County grad found dead in Grand Junction

The Mesa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 29-year-old Grand Junction man.

Searching for matching money

COMA scrambles for $10,000

When nonprofit organizations are commended for doing good work, grant money sometimes finds them.

A rite of passage

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.

Volunteering major league experience

MCHS graduate brings personal lessons to help baseball team

You can pay for knowledge, but you can't buy experience.

MCHS soccer loses to Glenwood

On March 15, the Moffat County High School girls' soccer team took Glenwood Springs the distance, forcing a 2-2 tie in overtime.

Boys and girls track and field place in top 5

The Moffat County High School boys track team placed third Friday at the Fruita Wildcat Invitational, and the girls fifth out of eight.

'Hitting is contagious'

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.

Obituary: Warren Beldon

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

Education briefs for April 14

Three Future Business Leaders of America members from Moffat County High School compete at the state level Sunday through Tuesday in Vail.

Ag for the grad

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.

EDP future unclear

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.

Letter to the editor: Stephanie Cegielski

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.

Letter to the editor: Bonnie S. Roesink

I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of those who supported me during the recall petition drive.

Editorial: The show must go on

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.

Report criticizes Social Services

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

Jesse H. Gray, son of Tom and Brenda Gray, died Thursday in Grand Junction. Services are pending at Grant Mortuary.

State elk harvest up for 2006

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

On the Record for April 14

Laura Josephine 'Jody' Salisbury

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.

USDA pays to protect stream, river corridors

Farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to protect stream and river corridors through the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program.

Club 20 committee proposes health care reform

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.

Drive continues tradition

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.

MCHS baseball seeks new mental approach

Everyone needs to get more serious.

Fallen morale

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

Diane Prather: Let them eat beans ... or ham

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.

Payback on the soccer field

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.

Moffat County Neighbor: Britni Alexander

Name: Britni Alexander Age: 24 Occupation: Paraprofessional at Ridgeview Elementary

The book collectors

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.

Budget Center board elects new officers

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.

Children no more

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.

Letter: Kathy Oberwitte

Words cannot express my gratitude to the volunteers who chose to be circulators during our recall campaign.

Christina M. Currie: Creatures of habit

Children are creatures of habit. They like schedules and routines.

Obituary: Bonita Mae "Bonnie" Linton

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.

Finding a summer job: Tips for teens

Summer break provides teens with lots of opportunities for earning a little extra cash, and perhaps starting a college savings fund.

Proud to serve

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.

EDP future unclear

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

On the Record for April 12

Youth wrestlers tally wins, place 11th at tournament

The Moffat County Youth Wrestling team placed 11th of 16 teams at Saturday's Casey Turner Memorial Wrestling tournament in Meeker.

Businesses step up to help Trapper Fitness

Thanks to two local benefactors, Trapper Fitness Center recently received two new stationary cycling pieces of equipment.

New place to cluck and hop

Commission orders new fairgrounds building

Moffat County Fair coordinator Carol Haskins is excited about the new building set to arrive at the fairgrounds.

Russell Whitten: More legislation means higher gas, oil prices

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.

Kathy Oberwitte: People need to get more involved in recall effort

Words cannot express my gratitude to the volunteers who chose to be circulators during our recall campaign.

Don Davidson: Thanks for supporting after-school program

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.

Tucker Floyd Josef Curtis

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.

Warren Beldon

arren Beldon, father of Mike Beldon, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge and Care Center.

William Bowie May

1928-2007

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.

Andrew Nick Duzik

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.

Area briefs for April 12

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.

Bill Harding: Reward offered for missing VFW flags

Veterans hotline

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.

Police use meeting to advise about safety tips

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.

Avoiding a Web of danger

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

Editorial: Strangers among us

They have hurt men, they have hurt women and they have hurt children.

Diane Prather: Coming of age not lost in this book

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.

Sailors record historic win against rival

A drought was snapped Tuesday afternoon at Craig Middle School in the Steamboat Springs High School vs. Moffat County High School baseball rivalry.

Riot acts

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.

Police identify predator

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.

Against the wind

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.

MCHS second best golf team in snow

The Moffat County High School girls golf defeated 10 of 12 teams Tuesday at the Rifle Invitational.

Stolen colors

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.

Mag water returns

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.

Subdivisions springing up

Like spring flowers, subdivisions sprout each year as the ground clears and people's thoughts turn to building projects.

Voice of Craig

Former KRAI radio personality recalls memories from his Fruita home

Some could probably still recognize his voice.

Quentin James Hayes

Datebook for April 11

Student wins honorable mention in poetry contest

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."

Trapper Mine sets another safety record

It's been a year of safety records for Trapper Mine.

Monday, April 9

ELL students struggle with language barrier in tests

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.

Track and field finishes in top 10 at Palisade

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.

Showing off at The Show

The Moffat County High School locker rooms have narrow wooden benches with a chalkboard.

Scott Hamel: Please tell me about Colorado

Cherie Blomquist: New hospital or better doctors?

On the Record

Briefs for April 10

Moffat County High School graduate resigns from Englewood director position

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.

Council meets with new faces

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.

Recall petition fails

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.

Asthma: Most common chronic childhood disease

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.

MCHS soccer team falls to Delta

For the first time in four scheduled attempts, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team hosted a game Saturday afternoon against Delta.

Bulldogs put it all together in sweep of Rifle

The shirt says it all. "Team Bulldog -- tell me I can't and I will show you I will."

Senior trips offer variety, fun in and out of town

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

Datebook for April 9

Man on a mission

Joel Sheridan determined to find school district finance solution

He calls it the one of the biggest challenges of his career.

ImageMakers Salon gets new image

Adding a fresh coat of paint and eliminating clutter has given ImageMakers Salon a new look, owner Susan Johnston said.

RMYC seeks construction help

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.

From Lay Creek to Washington

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

'A love for the game'

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.

Little wheels keep on turning

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.

Babies blooming in spring

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.

Ronald LaSelle: Thank you to staff at Memorial Hospital

Thank you to The Memorial Hospital staff.

Nancy Bostick-Ebbert: Good form on 'reform' editorial

As I read your editorial, "Good Form Reform," I was struck by (the editorial board's) thoughtful opinion and your candor.

Chuck Mack: Craig, as it was in 1910, part two

This is continued from the March 17 article, citing a Craig Commercial Club article from 1910:

Our View: Voter inaction

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.

Third time's a charm?

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.

Flights to Denver changeable through spring

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.

Dinosaur gets its deputy

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.

Mars star

Local teacher Roger Spears attends Mars research project in Mojave Desert

Life on Mars?

MariLee Juana Leon

On the Record

Datebook for April 7

Seeking more friends

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

Over a Cup of Coffee: Holiday Cake good for any occasion

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.

Boys track places fourth, girls seventh at Glenwood

Moffat County High School freshmen and sophomores traveled to Glenwood Springs Wednesday to represent the Bulldogs track and field team.

A fine line

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?"

Holiday Inn to host job fair Wednesday

The Colorado Workforce Center and the Holiday Inn are putting on a job fair Wednesday.

Tenants trash house

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.

Finding a place to celebrate Easter

Sunday is Easter, the day of the year when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Touch of Spice: If you believe that ...

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.

Briefs for April 6

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.

Eleanor Weber

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 Salisbury

Laura Josephine Salisbury, a former Snake River resident, died Wednesday at Brookside Inn in Castle Rock. Services are pending.

Bonita Linton

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.

Andrew Duzik

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.

Datebook for April 6

Extension Connection: Tips for Easter egg safety

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.

Hearing delayed for suspected distributors

Scheduled plea hearings for a Craig woman suspected of dealing narcotics were continued Tuesday in 14th Judicial District Court.

The journals of five MCHS seniors during the trip through the Grand Canyon and Moab, Utah.

Kadi Catoor, Emily Krogman, Klein Nielson, Sam Weeldreyer and Christopher Pankey document their experience through the Grand Canyon.

Entering their land:High school class visits American Indian reservation in 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.

A new hobby:MCHS senior sets out for the great outdoors for the first time

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.

Into the canyon: MCHS physical education class hikes through Grand Canyon

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

Preparing the pool argument

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.

Kelly Corson: Thank you to everyone who helped with dad

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.

Roy Jons

dent Roy Jons, 83, died March 27, 2007 at Sandrock Ridge Care Center in Craig surrounded by his family.

Bonita Linton

Bonita "Bonnie" Linton, of Craig, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Services are pending.

Andrew Duzik

Andrew Duzik, of Craig, died Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Briefs for April 5

Nearly 700 voters marked ballots

A total of 671 voters went to the poll for Tuesday's City Council Election.

Datebook for April 5

City voting goes smoothly

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.

Veterans Hotline: Veterans Service Officer hours

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.

For your protection

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.

Measurement of a student

Local students wrap up CSAP testing this week

Some students scrunch up their noses upon mention of CSAP.

Tuesday, April 3

Sports briefs for April 4

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team lost to Palisade 2-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Bulldogs place two golfers in top five, third as a team

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.

Six Bulldogs selected to All-State teams

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.

Few citizens decide for the many

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.

Craig beautification week plans coming together

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.

Craig Rotary Club: Thanks to businesses in flag project

The Craig Rotary Club has undertaken the project of placing flags along portions of Victory Way and Yampa.

Dottie Oberwitte: Recall is about injustices that are occurring

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.

Seema Boling Garoutte: DA Office needs to pick its battles wisely

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.

Greg Roberts: Oil, gas bills important to Craig, region

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.

Editorial: Good form reform

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.

On the Record

Tabbitha Mogus

Vivian S. Riddle

Roy Jons

Datebook for April 4

Making Craig memorable

Chamber of Commerce organizes Ride the Rockies events riders are sure to not forget

Christina Currie's mission is simple.

County OKs GRAMNET funds

$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.

The new face of Craig City Council

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

Youth wrestling awarded

The Moffat County Youth Wrestling team placed seven of its 11 team members at Saturday's Rifle tournament.

Bulldogs split league doubleheader

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.

MCHS girls golf places second at The Hill

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.

Fred L. Robbins: Get facts before signing petition

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."

Donna Zulian: Resent claims of district attorney recall

My name is Donna Zulian, and I have worked for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office for 26 years.

Beth and Tom Gilchrist: Vote for Ray Beck, re-elect Herod, Jones

We're writing in support of Ray Beck for a position on the Craig City Council.

Virgina Lee Bohach

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.

Briefs for April 3

Habitat seeks members, donations

With the weather turning warmer, members of Habitat for Humanity are looking to continue their work.

Datebook for April 3

New and improved

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.

Routt County to review request

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.

Why this election matters

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.

Coming out on top

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

Track and field finishes in top 5 at invitational

The boys and girls track and field team finished fourth and third place, respectively, Saturday at the Rangely High School Invitational.

Bulldog swimmers place 10th among state's best

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.

First Baptist to hold car care clinic

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.

Furniture Gallery moves to larger, visible location

With 8,500 square feet in showroom space on a corner lot, Steve Bell thinks his furniture store will thrive at its new location.

Mayor's view on Craig's future

Tuesday is Election Day for three Craig City Council seats.

Leaving a legacy

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.

A public, a fair

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.