Stories for August 2007


Friday, August 31

Home school group reaches out

So you have a child.

Briefs for August 31

Scouts back-to-school night Tuesday

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Bulldogs to reveal new offense in season opener

The Moffat County football team has made several changes this summer.

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Christina M. Currie: Little devils

Seven-year-old Katie was excited to open her folder to show me all the work she's done as a second-grader. Considering the fact that I made her redo all the problems she missed on her math assignment, I doubt she'll be as forthcoming in the future.

MCHS Varsity girls win three straight

The Moffat County Girls varsity volleyball team easily handled Rangely High school in its season opener Thursday night.

Bulldogs soccer falls to Fruita, 6-1

Despite the practice time put in by the Moffat County boys varsity soccer team this last week, the end result was the same as last year.

Cathy Copeland: Issues with school practices, policies

My child started his first year of high school this year and knowing that it would be a challenge, I tried to inform of what would be expected.

Diane Prather: Jelly and pancakes are two tasty treats

Last week, Gloria Noland of Craig called with her recipe for making "Chokecherry Jelly."

Police blotter for August 29

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Jeff Flanders: Charming town besmirched by litter

My wife and I were on vacation a few weeks ago and had the privilege of staying your charming town.

Datebook for August 31

Datebook for August 31

Pete Bergmann: Vote yes on school measure

A strong educational system is the foundation of a strong community.

Fantasy football leagues a growing craze

Mike Fuller was ahead of his time.

Elisa Shackelton: Fall home maintenance before the snow flies

It's time again to prepare your home for winter, so if you've been putting off any outside home maintenance jobs, now is a great time to finish them up, while the weather isn't too hot or too cold.

Bob Woods: Who is God, and what does going to church do for us?

A church is not a place where one goes to pretend for an hour or two that everything is just fine with you, with your family, and with the world. It is a place where you can tell the truth about how it really is and know that it's okay.

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TMH prepares to launch campaign

Hospital effort to market new facility tax increase to begin soon

Up against a tight schedule, The Memorial Hospital is wasting little time in launching its campaign to persuade the public to approve a tax increase during the November general election.

EDP looks down barrel

Commissioner to examine EDP's future

One county commissioner is concerned about the future of the Craig Economic Development Partnership, and he wants to have a meeting in the next few weeks to explore whether or not the group is worth funding.

Thursday, August 30

CSU extends community college education online

Just because Moffat County is more than a hundred miles from an accredited four-year university doesn't mean residents are unable to take high-level college classes.

The family of Janice Ellen Letsinger: Thanks for memorial service

In memory of Janice Ellen Letsinger, we wish to thank the following people for the beautiful memorial service held Aug. 16, 2007: The VFW, the Rebeckah Lodge Sisters No. 138, Clem Mascarenas, Karen and Pam Lathrop and Juanita Williams.

Police blotter for August 28

Tuesday, Aug. 28

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Democrats to define goals

It's not an easy thing being a Moffat County Democrat.

An ambitious bunch

Football, volleyball and cross-country weren't the only sports running through two-a-day practices.

Experience and success

If history dictates anything, the Moffat County High School cross-country team will experience some success.

Bulldog varsity golf team places 14th in Delta

One. That's the number of Moffat County High School golfers who have had playing experience in Delta.

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Varsity girls prepare for volleyball season opener

The Moffat County varsity girls volleyball team hasn't spent any time this week preparing for its match-up with Rangely High School.

Paul Bishop: Editorial was a pleasant surprise

The Aug. 11 editorial in the Saturday Morning Press, "Our View: A Matter of Respect," was a pleasant surprise. It seemed to me that previous articles indicated a bias totally against our elected officials and the decisions made by the Northwest Colorado Stewardship. Could it be I was wrong?

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Primary care of concern

VNA seeks federal designation to provide community health care

The need for more and better health care in Moffat County continues to be a pressing issue among area health care providers and staff.

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New hospital price tag is $42.6 million

Plan calls for 84,875 square-foot facility

The Memorial Hospital board approved Wednesday night a master plan for a proposed new facility that encompasses 84,875 square feet and would cost an estimated $42.6 million.

Sports briefs for August 30

Freshman Bulldogs squeak past Union

Accused miner charged

Hankins faces nine felonies including first-degree murder

Terry Hankins intentionally caused the death of his wife, Cynthia Hankins, and treated the body "in a way that would outrage normal family sensibilities," according to a criminal complaint filed in 14th Judicial District Court.

Soccer team optimistic on outlook

Seth Young wasn't there last year, but most of his players were.

Back to basics

It's something new to Moffat County High School dance team coach Anngie Jenkins.

Different look, same goal

The offensive and defensive formations may have changed and the philosophies might have a different twist.

Patience is a virtue

It will come, just be patient.

Prepped for the top

Volleyball team seek to build on last year's late season push

There's a unique vibe around the Moffat County High School volleyball team.

Datebook for August 30

Datebook for August 30

Briefs for August 30

CDOT: Construction ongoing

Wednesday, August 29

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New hospital plan to be presented

Board to decide tonight on scope of proposed facility

Questions surrounding the size and scope of a proposed new The Memorial Hospital are expected to be answered during tonight's hospital board meeting.

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Bomba wins 2007 club championship

Two-day total score of 146 captures golf title

Nick Bomba doesn't envision himself defeating Tiger Woods or qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Sheriff's Office fires detention deputy

Investigator: Fort Collins incident a violation of conduct policy

A Routt County Sheriff's Office detention deputy was fired Monday for what officials said was violation of the department's conduct policy.

'They've hit the ground running'

Beautification Committee eyes future

Following what Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce exectutive director, deemed a successful year, Beautification Committee members want to expand the project to hang flowers downtown and branch out into the city by coordinating landscaping projects.

Fire ban lifted

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners lifted a countywide fire ban on Tuesday after Undersheriff Charlene Abdella made a presentation recommending the ban be lifted.

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Double-size trucks on way

Bigger, but fewer, coal haulers deemed safer option

The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved, with conditions, a petition by Xcel Energy to increase the size of trucks hauling coal on Routt County Road 27, also known as Twentymile Road.

MCHS soccer gets ready for Fruita

Boys team opens season Thursday in Grand Junction

Baby steps.

Police blotter for Aug. 29

Jesus Manel Chavez-Mendez, 23, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence and third-degree assault.

Diane Prather: 'Love, Ruby Lavender' a humorous, heartwarming novel

Halleluia, Miss., is the setting for this week's young adult novel.

Rebecca Tochtrop: Hasn't the GOP been running the show?

I'm writing in reference to a letter published Saturday, Aug. 25 from Carl K. Chapman. I'm confused.

Council greenlights Walgreens

Walgreens, and its development partner, Bencor, had an important night at the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday.

Datebook for Aug. 29

Today is the last day to register for full-semester classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College. For registration information at the CNCC Craig campus, call Windy Shue at 824-1100.

Craig briefs for Aug. 29

CNCC offers criminal justice courses

Colorado Northwestern Community College announced Monday that the school is offering criminal justice courses at its Craig campus and Meeker Service Center.

Our View: The extra mile

They biked 422 miles.

Tuesday, August 28

No bond for murder suspect

Co-worker remembers victim as 'outgoing'

A 70-year-old Craig man accused of murdering his wife and burying her near a gold mine north of Craig will be held without bond for at least another few weeks.

Rep. White may run for state senate in 2008

Al White, state representative for Northwest Colorado's 57th district, is thinking about running for the 8th district state senate next year. Several Craig and Moffat County officials said they would support him if he runs.

Get a taste of home

Tickets go on sale in October for November event

About 800 people are expected to head to the Moffat County High School auditorium for Great Gatherings, A Taste of Home's coast-to-coast traveling cooking school Nov. 19, said program coordinator Julie Dempster.

Datebook for August 28

12:30 to 6 p.m. A blood drive is at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. For information or to schedule an appointment, call The Memorial Hospital at 824-9411 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits.

Craig briefs for Aug. 28

'First Steps' business seminar scheduled for Sept. 4

Yampa Valley SCORE, along with other local agencies, will offer a free business seminar, "the first steps to starting your own business," Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Center of Craig.

Senior spotlight for Aug. 28

August will soon be just a memory. Hopefully good ones for all of you will be included in there.

Racing to the finish line

Hayden Speedway ends season with compelling story lines

Perhaps the most compelling race of the evening Saturday at the Hayden Speedway came during the modifieds class.

Bye Florida, hello Craig

John Vandelinder joins Daily Press staff

Sitting on a press box bench after four quarters of high school football, John Vandelinder rem-embered being neither fatigued nor agitated.

Police blotter for Aug. 28

Terrence Joe Hankins, 70, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, tampering, abuse of a corpse, forgery, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Council to discuss redevelopment

The Craig City Council plans to look at development and construction projects during its meeting tonight.

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Final show at Sunset

Drive-in theater's 53-year run ends in smoke

In a thick column of smoke, the Sunset Drive-In Theater passed into memory Monday morning.

Monday, August 27

Hankins held without bond

A 70-year-old Craig man accused of murdering his wife and burying her near a gold mine north of Craig will be held without bond for at least another few weeks.

Bank preps for future

About a year ago, Moffat County National Bank - a local bank in the singlewide trailer at 435 Mack Lane - began prep work for a permanent building.

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Missing woman found dead

Victim's husband in custody for first-degree murder

The Craig Police Department conducted a search warrant Saturday 33 miles north of Craig with a goal of recovering the body of a woman who was last seen June 3.

Briefs for Aug. 27

The Moffat County High School class of 1997's 10-year reunion is set for Sept. 21, during homecoming week.

What is healthy aging?

In an introduction to an article entitled "Nutrition, Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Older Adults," published October 2001 in The Journals of Gerontology, authors Adam Drewnowski and William J. Evans state, "There is no single segment of our society that can benefit more from regular exercise and improved diet than older adults."

Health promotion for those with disabilities

The health benefits of an active lifestyle that includes moderate amounts of medium to vigorous physical activity on a regular basis have been detailed in the accompanying article. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people with physical and cognitive disabilities are not obtaining the recommended amount of physical activity needed to confer health benefits and prevent secondary conditions associated with a sedentary lifestyle (e.g., heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis).

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Good, old-fashioned, clean, dirty fun

Nine teams get down and dirty Saturday as the Craig Chamber of Commerce raised $1,800, before expenses, at Mud Splash 2007 in Loudy-Simpson Park.

Fats: The good, the bad and the ugly

If Americans are confused about fats and their role in making us fat, it's little wonder. Many who followed the low-fat mantra of the 1990s were rewarded with ballooning waistlines as the national girth continued to expand.

Datebook for Aug. 27

Today Noon. AARP Craig Chapter No. 1418 has its annual picnic on the northwest side of City Park. Chicken will be provided. Participants should bring their own table service, beverages and side dishes. RSVP at 824-5123. Leave your name and side dish.

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Elk numbers jump

Better counting methods result in increase

When bull elk reach 2 1/2 years old, 50 to 75 percent of them leave the area they were born for new locations.

Andy Bockelman: No plain 'Jane'

Biopic a thoughtful portrait of Jane Austen

In "Becoming Jane," the beginning of authoress Jane Austen's career is examined, giving viewers greater insight into the mind of a writer who was ahead of her time.

Saturday, August 25

Datebook for Aug. 25

Today 10 a.m. The Hands-On Quilters meets at the Craig Fire Station. Call Cheryl at 824-2567.

Andy Bockelman: A summer at the movies

With the summer movie season winding down, I'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge some of the movies released in recent months that I did not get a chance to review. Listed in the order they were released, some of these are still in theaters, some already on DVD.

Golfers get experience on road trip

It might sound like an excuse, but Moffat County High School golf coach Ken Harjes genuinely believes that a player loses a couple of strokes when they play a course for the first time.

Police blotter for Aug. 25

Michael W. Camp, 39,of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Hayden Speedway results for Aug. 17

Sport Stock

Our view: A people problem

To hear Ann Anderson say it, it's been a "terrible summer" for the animal shelter.

Mary Jo Chinchar: Kindness appreciated for checking up on uncle

I want to thank all Police Department and Owen Grant, the coroner, for all their help and kindness when I asked for their assistance in checking on my uncle, Larry Straub.

Bryce Jacobson: Our prayers with miners

For those of you who did not have the opportunity to read this week's newspapers, we - Daily Press publisher Bryce Jacobson and editor Jerry Raehal - have decided to describe an editorial cartoon published in the Monday paper that sparked concern among many readers.

George Rohrich: Rewards both personal and shared with wall

Thank you for supporting the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall.

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Quality in the fibers

The Wellmans and their award-winning wool

Back when Moffat County wool was considered by some to be the king of crops in Colorado, buyers would come to the growers in Northwest Colorado and negotiate a price for their fleece.

Cathy Copeland: Showing thanks for Steal'n show

I am sending out a huge thank you to the Class of 1977 and the band Steal'n for letting the Craig Youth Soccer be a part of your evening Saturday, Aug. 18.

Clinic hires physician's assistant

Doctor shortage continues in Moffat County

Tracey Ketcham, 27, just moved to Craig a week ago to work as a physician's assistant at Moffat Family Clinic.

Craig briefs for Aug. 25

Concert Sunday in Hayden

A benefit concert is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Hayden High School auditorium. The group Legacy is playing, and donations for the concert go toward medical expenses for 7-year-old Taylen Zabel's ongoing battle against brain cancer. For more information, go to

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4-H shooters collect state ribbons

Moffat County's 4-H shooting team is traditionally one of the most accurate in the state.

Tech smart is forward thinking

It is the night before a research paper is due, and it's too late to go to the library. But that's OK, because the Internet has books on it, too.

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Presidents and pretenders

Memorabilia collection accounts for history's winners and losers

"Sterilize LBJ: No more ugly children!"

Friday, August 24

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Frugal gourmet

Eating on $5 a Day program a nutritional, financial benefit, organizers say

Myth No. 1: cheap food is bad food. Myth No. 2: those on a limited income have no choice but to eat unhealthy.

Lightning ignites blazes

Agencies respond to four wildfires

After being called to the scene of four wildland fires Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon showers came as a welcome sight to local fire departments and crews.

School board preps bond campaign

The Moffat County School District's march toward a Nov. 9 bond election has one stop to make before then, Sept. 7.

Craig briefs for Aug. 24

The Craig Association of REALTORS chapter of the Colorado Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunity Foundation recently completed its second grant cycle for 2007, awarding $5,500 total to two nonprofit housing organizations.

Police blotter for Aug. 24

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Steamboat Springs Triathlon returns

Barry Siff and his event management company, 5430 Sports, hosts seven triathlons a year, including some of the biggest in the state, which often draw more than 1,000 participants.

Datebook for Aug. 24

Today 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time at the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Today's theme is "Moving and Groovin."

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Agencies voice need for funding

They came, they listened and they spoke.

Diane Prather: From 'pig-licking good' to 'scrumptious spring'

Last week, Celeste Sanchez of Craig called with a terrific tip to help me from spilling jelly all over the kitchen. She says to take out a cake pan and put some hot water in the bottom.

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'Window' shines

MCHS senior turns heads in Front Range league summer ball

The soft-spoken guy they call "Window" is starting to sparkle.

Elisa Shackelton: Canning at high altitude

Don't overprocess jams and jellies

When your garden or fruit trees are overflowing with vegetables and fruit, or the local farmer's market tempts you with others' freshly grown produce, it's a great time to preserve some of the bounty to enjoy throughout the rest of the year.

Christina M. Currie: Making the cut, making the grade

How in the world is it already time for school to start? Summer just started. I'm not ready to be a responsible parent again - the keeper of lunch money, the finder of gym shoes, the Nazi of homework, the chaperone of field trips.

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Salazar gives Moffat vets credit

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar gave credit Thursday to the Moffat County veterans for their work on bringing health care to veterans in Craig and the surronding area.

Thursday, August 23

Craig briefs for Aug. 23

Al Cashion, an American Family Insurance agent in Craig, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates distinguished insurance agency program.

Student news: Amanda Woods

Lori Rugh - vice president of Chapter AJ, Craig, of the PEO International Sisterhood - awards Amanda Woods, daughter of Wendy Palmeter, with a $1,500 grant to continue her studies at Colorado State University. Woods is pursing a degree in economics with a business minor.

Military news: Alec M. Hayes

Air Force Airman Alec M. Hayes has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Officers turning up the heat

Law enforcement cracking down on drunken driving

As part of a statewide initiative to crack down on drunken driving, local law enforcement agencies are stepping up their annual "The Heat is On" enforcement now through Labor Day weekend.

Gloria Blakley: Merchants need to sweep sidewalks

As I read the Daily Press each day, I am constantly reading stories, meetings and so about making our city beautiful and more consumer friendly.

Steal'n: Thanks for support for reunion concert

Just a note of thanks to the Maneotis Victory Motor's Family for their support last weekend of the band Steal'n reunion concert, with the posters they provided and the loan of the beautiful fifth-wheeler trailer for band members, their families and security people to relax in at break times.

Bulldog turned bulldogger

MCHS grad Casey McMillen going strong on the pro tour

Casey McMillen's best season of his professional rodeo career just got better.

Police blotter for Aug. 23

Theodora Rae Travers, 20, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Heidi Hockett-Lowe: Gratitude for paper's follow-up

As a follow-up to the cartoon illustration "Big Coal" on Monday Aug. 20, 2007, Rio Tinto Energy America would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your very responsible follow-up message and to highlight several focal points of mine safety.

Colorado Water Congress in town

Two-day event brings Sen. Salazar, Rep. Udall to Steamboat

Water buffaloes are coming to Steamboat Springs Today and Friday, the Colorado Water Congress is holding its 2007 Summer Convention at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The event features a series of seminars and discussions about water policies and strategies, supply forecasts, bark beetle impacts, and water-related legislation passed this year and coming up in 2008.

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Howelsen, Hot Springs still on table

Split recreation center at sites not yet ruled out

City officials might, just might, ask Steamboat Springs voters to approve new recreation facilities at Howelsen Hill and Old Town Hot Springs, despite expressing support last month - and this week - for a consolidated facility at Ski Town Fields.

Shootout suspect's trial delayed

Another suspect sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison

The trial against one of the Craig suspects accused of robbing a bar and shooting at police during a high-speed chase in Wyoming last year was delayed Monday in Natrona County District Court.

Carl K. Chapman: Empty promises for Highway 13 rebuilding

I've read all of the articles on Highway 13 north and I thought I'd bring folks up to date on the history of that road.

BIll Harding: Salazar to meet with vets today

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar will meet with all interested vets from 10 a.m. to noon at the Craig VFW Post 4265 Headquarters.

Lt. Gov. O'Brien to discuss early childhood education

Local residents will have an opportunity to listen and participate in today's discussion about early childhood education with Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien and local city, school district and health care officials.

Greg Cortez: Cartoon insensitive

The political cartoon penned by Monte Wolverton that you chose to run Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, titled "Long History of Unsafe Mining Practices," was not only unprofessional considering where we live and the fact that Coal Mining is one of, if not the major source of income for Craig and the surrounding area, the cartoon also was insensitive.

Datebook for Aug. 23

Today 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time at the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Today's theme is "Moving and Groovin."

Her world is new

Craig family's youngest starts school

Tylawn Smercina said she was more nervous than her youngest daughter, Taytum Smercina, 3, who started preschool Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 22

Steve Allen: Apology means nothing

Wonderful, send out an apology.

County Commission weighs in on new soccer fields

Two new soccer fields for Loudy-Simpson Park came a step closer to reality Tuesday as the Moffat County Commission signed an application for a Greater Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, grant worth $200,000.

Sports complex met with skepticism

Commissioners hesitant to support Hayden project

Continuing efforts to construct a regional sports complex in Hayden were met with skepticism by the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Gretel Gibson: Thanks for donating to yard sale

I would like to extend a big thank you to the members of Friendship United Methodist Church who donated goods to the youth group yard sale and the members of the community who made it a success. Through purchases and donations the youth group met its goal of $150.

Diane Prather: 'Miss Bindergarten' book a fun, easy read

Yesterday I was there to see my grandchildren off on their first day of school. Watching the children arrive with their parents on that first day is one of my favorite times of the year.

Police blotter for Aug. 22

Johnathon Levi Ages, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of criminal mischief.

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Baptism by getting fired upon

Second-year MCHS goalie hopes to be less busy this season

Mike Lefler doesn't want the ball.

Preserving history

Nonprofit organization touring sites and seeking new members

For more than 20 years the organization, Preserving the Last Frontier, has taken steps to insure Northwest Colorado history is not forgotten.

Our View: A proportional response

The numbers speak loudly.

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From there to here and back again

Local woman raising money to send home for disaster survivors

Maria Martin lives here, works here and is part of a family here. But she grew up in Peru, where an 8.0 earthquake crippled three coastal cities - Pisco, Ica and Chincha - on Aug. 15.

Craig briefs for Aug. 22

Cancer benefit takes place Sunday

A cancer benefit is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday in the Hayden High School auditorium. The group Legacy is playing, and donations for the concert go toward medical expenses for 7-year-old Taylen Zabel's ongoing battle against brain cancer. For more information, go to

Hayden to use Fridays off throughout school year

A three-month experiment to give students Fridays off was so successful that the Hayden School District has decided to use the schedule throughout the 2007-08 school year.

Datebook for Aug. 22

5:30 p.m. The Craig Beautification Commission hosts its monthly meeting at the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Goals, objectives and plans for 2008 will be discussed. The public is invited to attend.

Governor to address education reform

Bill Ritter announced as Club 20 keynote speaker for fall meeting

Whatever tension that once existed between Gov. Bill Ritter and the Western Slope political group Club 20 appears to have been forgotten.

College campus looking to expand

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig Campus is looking to expand.

Tuesday, August 21

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Men's softball crowns champion

It was in the fifth inning when players from Mike Bell Construction began to wonder whether the homeruns would ever stop.

Centennial celebration draws nearer

Committee has big plans for birthday

Anytime a city turns 100, it's a milestone to celebrate, Craig Mayor Don Jones said. Jones met with like-minded people Aug. 15 for the Craig 100th Birthday Committee.

Bryce Jacobson: All apologies

Coal cartoon not an opinion shared by Daily Press

Some Daily Press readers have let us know they think an editorial cartoon in Monday's newspaper was offensive.

Sales tax on the rise

Ride the Rockies, oil and gas behind 24 percent June increase

The city of Craig notched significant gains in sales tax revenue in recent months, a trend local officials credit to increased shopping, hotel lodging and a one-day June visit by the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour.

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Making a list, checking it twice

Parents and students make one last dash for school supplies

In a last minute search for Number 2 pencils, calculators and three-ring binders, parents must decide when it's time to close the account and head for the cash register.

Craig briefs for Ãug. 21

Class of 1942 hosts 65th reunion

The Craig High School class of 1942 had its 65th class reunion Aug. 10 to 12 in Craig.

Police blotter for Aug. 21

Anthony Raymond Gallegos, 29, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint and violation of registration provisions.

Judy Baker: Tomatoes picture a good thing

In response to the letter to the editor about the front page picture of the lady buying tomatoes, I think it's nice we can have something nice shown.

Andy Bockelman: The enchantment of 'Stardust'

The fantasy adventure "Stardust" may seem familiar in its story at first, but it quickly reveals itself to be as remarkable as the heavenly bodies that adorn the night sky.

Walker brings attention to disease

Joe Casamassima, who recently made long strides through the Yampa Valley, was surprised at the ease in which he has walked through the Rocky Mountains.

Datebook for Aug. 21

7 p.m. Comunidad Integrada offers a free English and Spanish learning club, Intercambio, every Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Call 846-5521.

'New phase' for Healthcare Foundation

The health care industry is always in a state of change, said Karl Gills, chairman of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley.

Monday, August 20

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The boys are back

High school buddies reunite band

At last year's Moffat County High School class of 1976 reunion, Jerry Schaeffer couldn't forget about the band in which he, Russel Moore and David Van Wagoner used to play. More than a quarter century has passed since the band, Steal'n, had rocked anyone.

Blood drive aims to ease shortage

The Memorial Hospital and Bonfils Blood Center are encouraging local residents to come out for an Aug. 28 blood drive to help mitigate the annual shortage of summer blood donations.

Datebook for Aug. 20

1 to 3 p.m. Moffat County High School hosts an open house for incoming freshmen and new students. Students are invited to come and pick up schedules, meet teachers and become more familiar with the building. Call 824-7036.

Craig briefs for Aug. 20

Post office to present Alpine Tundra stamps

Ten wildlife and scenic United States postage stamps will be unveiled in their natural setting of Rocky Mountain National and Estes parks on Aug. 28.

Andy Bockelman: One dog of a movie

Although the superhero feature "Underdog" is about a beagle with the power of flight -among other abilities - there is nothing super about this dog of a movie.

Health watch: Weighing in on weight loss

Excess weight becomes increasingly difficult to lose with each passing decade. This is, at least in part, because of a slowing metabolism. Exercise, particularly strength training, can help reverse that trend.

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Coed softball's championship plays

Two softball institutions, the Carlsons and the Knoches, met Saturday afternoon for the A-league coed softball championship at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Young racer fuels NASCAR dreams

A young racer fulfils his NASCAR dreams after years of paying his dues at rural dirt tracks across America.

Chamber plans customer service event

Fiesta Jalisco restaurant to open soon in Craig

The Craig Chamber of Commerce plans to host another customer service seminar open to all businesses from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Holiday Inn.

Master plan being readied for board

Project cost and scope to be released at end of the month

The master plan for a proposed new The Memorial Hospital is expected to be finished and ready for board member review later this month, said George Rohrich, hospital chief executive officer.

The Sollenberger family: Babysitting Clinic great for community

We would like to thank the Moffat County Child Care Providers for an excellent job on presenting the Babysitting Clinic to the children of our community. They provided children of babysitting age with a lot of valuable information and with many items they could use while babysitting.

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Annual livestock sale approaches $270,000

Proceeds exceed 2006 total; new Fair Queen coronation postponed until November

The Routt County Junior Livestock Sale grossed nearly $270,000 this year, exceeding the 2006 sale by almost $10,000, a Routt County Fair official said Sunday.

Aging Well: Taking chronic illness by the horns

Free six-session class helps participants set goals, alleviate symptoms

Managing pain and fatigue is an everyday reality for Patsy Magness, who has multiple sclerosis. It helps to attend support groups and health seminars, where she finds comfort in camaraderie with others with similar problems.

Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks to those who helped with pet calendar

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank doctors Ron Kruczek, Kelly Hepworth and Wayne Davis for selecting the finalists for the 2008 pet mate calendar, and thank you to everyone who voted for the pets that will be in the calendar.

Saturday, August 18

Allen Hischke: More deserving news items for Daily Press

I don't know what you people think about sometimes.

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Life and livestock on the Little Snake

Wyoming man a fourth-generation rancher

Montgomery Livestock has been operating on the Little Snake River near Dixon, Wyo., since founder Ike Montgomery came over from Northern Ireland in 1886 and purchased homesteads from early settlers.

Moffat County 4-H Clubs and Leaders for Rabbit Rustlers and Feathered Friends Poultry: 4-H members thank businesses, individuals

Our 4-H members would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support during this year's Moffat County Fair.

Police blotter for August 18

Police blotter for Saturday, August 18

Andy Bockelman: Born to be 'Bourne'

Matt Damon thrives in final chapter of assassin trilogy

One of the most intelligent movies of the summer, "The Bourne Ultimatum" sets a new standard in films about espionage with its enigmatic hero as well as its simultaneously complex and simple plot.

Teen dies in ATV crash

A young Alabama woman died Thursday night in an all-terrain vehicle accident at Three Forks Ranch in North Routt County.

MCHS students cleared

Pair not guilty of making threats in April

Two Moffat County High School students have been cleared of misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations they made threats against other students and school staff in April.

Chuck Mack: Family reunion, sightseeing trip: Part One

My best buddy in the whole world, our great-grandson Nathaniel, our son Mike, his wife Deb, Alberta and I all took off for Montana with our GMC, "White Lightning," pulling our camp trailer, "Tag Along."

New projects at Boys & Girls Club

Facility closes for building renovations, staff training

Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, is not the club's master.

'Live and breathe football'

Former Bulldog playing at the collegiate level for Colorado State

Ever since Michael Babb could throw a football, he has wanted to play lineup for the Colorado State Rams.

Craig briefs for August 18

REPS to host dinner fundraiser

The suicide intervention and prevention group, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, will host a fundraiser Aug. 24 and 25 in Steamboat Springs.

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Ski Corp. lays off six employees

Official: Intrawest seeking 'cost and operational efficiencies'

Six year-round employees of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. have been laid off, an Intrawest official confirmed Friday.

Our View: Schools safe, highways not

Nowhere to go. That is how it can feel as you watch a truck carrying a wide haul of energy equipment barreling toward when you're driving between Baggs, Wyo., and mile marker 111, on Colorado Highway 13.

Datebook for August 18

5:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School class of 1977 hosts a 30-year reunion barbecue at the Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic shelter. Call Erin Messing Miller at 824-6046.

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Senator: Pullout 'inappropriate'

Sen. Wayne Allard says Iraq war policy debate 'overshadowing' other issues in Congress

With a Democratic-controlled Senate consistently challenging Iraq war policies, Congress has turned its attention away from "most other issues," Sen. Wayne Allard said Friday.

Friday, August 17

Moffat County Neighbor: Lois Yoder

What would your business card say you do? Bake goods

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Touch of Spice: Animal house

Ever since I couldn't keep a strong grasp on the foot-long water snake startled awake by the lawnmower, the girls have bemoaned the fact that they don't have a pet snake, belittled my snake-catching skills and basically called me a sissy.

Extension Connection: It's salsa time

Winning recipes from the 2007 Moffat County Fair salsa contest

One of my favorite reminders that summer's end is near is the smell of roasting chili peppers emanating from the local produce stand on Victory Way on Wednesdays.

Long live the King

30 years after his death, Elvis still resonates with fans

There's something about dead rock stars.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Mixing up some jelly, followed by an encore

I've been keeping an eye on our chokecherry bushes the past couple of weeks. Deciding when to pick the berries is tricky because we want ripe berries, but if we wait too long, the birds beat us to them.

Craig Briefs for Aug. 17

Library preps county on request

The Moffat County Libraries monthly board meeting included a presentation of the library's budget request for 2008 to Moffat County commissioner Saed Tayyara.

Police Blotter for Aug. 17

Moffat County Jail

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Running toward a big season

Junior Alicia Nelson has high expectations

Success breeds expectations and expectations distinguish athletes.

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Craig's got talent

Concert Association seeks contestants for local performance

So you think you can dance?

Swinging into action

Two tournaments in two days for golfers

Two tournaments in two days left Moffat County High School boys golf coach Ken Harjes with the following assessment of his young team.

Bread, wine, salsa and a teddy bear

Moffat County Fair Grand Champions win with experience and, in some occasions, a simple idea

When it comes to taking home a Grand Champion ribbon from the Moffat County Fair, sometimes it's because of years of experience, sometimes it's in your genes and sometimes it's just an idea that came to you.

Pastor reaches out to Craig kids with Youth Explosion

Imagine a child in a very conservative, regimented church in 1960s Alabama, and that would be part of Pastor Steven Wallace's story.

Datebook for Aug. 17

6 p.m. The Moffat County High School Class of 1977 hosts a 30-year reunion mixer at J W Snacks Gulf Coast Bar and Bar-B-Que, 210 E. Victory Way. Call Erin Messing Miller at 824-6046.

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A grader rodeo

Five Moffat County residents participate in heavy equipment competition

Heavy equipment comes in all shapes and sizes, and the controls drivers face vary from a single joystick to the undisputed king of confusing cockpit controls, the motor grader.

Student vaccinations due for new school year

Throughout 18 years with the Moffat County School District, Theresa Moyer has seen a lot of changes, but children still need vaccinations.

Thursday, August 16

Datebook for Aug. 16

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time at the Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Today's theme is first day of school.

Renee Hamaker: Thank you for making city appealing

Kudos to the city employees maintaining the flower containers and plots around town. All of the arrangements are beautiful and healthy, and it is a pleasant sight for visitors and locals alike.

Police Blotter for Aug. 16

Moffat County Jail

Senator to host town hall meeting

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to discuss range of issues in Craig on Friday

With Congress in recess this month, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard is taking time to tour the state and visit with concerned residents. On Friday, the senator will make his first Moffat County appearance this year.

Steele, Barnes and Taylor families: Thanks for supporting junior livestock sale

We, as 4-H and FFA members of Moffat County, would like to thank the businesses and individuals that supported the junior livestock sale at the Moffat County Fair. Your participation in the sale emphasizes the importance of buying goods and services from these businesses.

Veterans Hotline: Thank you Craig, for a moving experience

The Moving Wall arrived a day early in Craig because "there was no room" in Vernal.

Craig Briefs for Aug. 16

REPS to host fundraiser event

The suicide intervention and prevention group, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, will host a fundraiser Aug. 24 and 25 in Steamboat Springs.

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Leading by example

J.T. Haddan looks to step up for Bulldogs

J.T. Haddan has always been the type of player who's showed up and performed.

EDP unveils new mission statement and agenda

After months without an executive director - prompting an agency evaluation and reorganization - the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership unveiled Tuesday a new mission statement, agenda and job description for the future.

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Andy Bockelman: 'No Reservations' about seeing this movie

The romantic comedy "No Reservations" is a relief for anyone who wants to see a chick flick that does not put its story on the back burner.

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Middle school at center of proposal

Bond calls for 5.08 mill levy on property

Beth Gilchrist tries to remember every student's name at Craig Middle School.

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Lodging taxes sends MCTA revenue soaring

Recent lodging taxes gave the Moffat County Tourism Association its highest revenue in the agency's history, which gives Tammie Thompson-Booker and Mike Crackel more revenue to work with in their new tenures as its Board of Directors chair and vice-chair, respectively.

Wednesday, August 15

A board with a plan

Craig Middle School project bond drafted

The Moffat County School District Board of Education was seeking a target range between $28 million to $31 million when looking at a possible bond to build a new middle school and provide renovations to other district schools.

Our View: More than a name

She walked to it upright and composed.

Extension Connection: Mosquito bites not an insect-sized matter

It's time again to be diligent about applying insect repellant, as state health officials have reported two deaths linked to the West Nile Virus this year.

Hayden requests assistance from city council for grant

Hayden town officials are preparing to apply for a $750,000 Greater Outdoors Colorado grant to help pay for a proposed Northwest Colorado Sports Complex.

Police Blotter for Aug. 15

Moffat County Jail - No reports.

Road paving expected to be a 'big improvement' for city

The residents on Bilsing Street already know road construction's positives and negatives.

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A wealth of experience

Moffat County High School's volleyball team has big expectations

One look at Moffat County High School's practice schedule and it's easy to see its expectations.

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Prather's Pick: Getting lost in the 'Tallgrass'

"Tallgrass," this week's bestselling novel for adults, was written by Sandra Dallas, who lives in Denver.

Craig Briefs for Aug. 15

VNA director named to task force

Sue Birch, executive director of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to sit on the Blue Ribbon Commission for Healthcare Reform Rural Advisory Task Force.

Datebook for Aug. 15

8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The second Wednesday of each month is a meet and greet hosted by a local business.

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Wildland fire contained

Firefighters gain control of flames after 2,200 acres of land scorches

A fire that began north of Craig, scorching 2,200 acres of land Monday, has been contained and controlled, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

Students benefit from dual enrollment plan

Program offers college credit at high school

When senior Kaycee Stagner graduates from Moffat County High School and heads to college in the fall, she'll be leagues ahead of her fellow classmates.

Tuesday, August 14

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Accidents cause minor injuries

Train hits semitrailer; cars collide on U.S. Highway 40

Two accidents, including one involving a train and a semitrailer, caused minor injuries Monday morning along U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs.

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Fall sports season kicks off

Coaches' seasons start much earlier than athletes'

It hasn't been hard to find Brianna Montgomery during the past eight months.

Craig Briefs for Aug. 14

Open house for new MCHS students

Moffat County High School will be hosting an open house for incoming freshmen and new students from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday. Students are invited to come and pick up schedules, meet teachers and become more familiar with the building at this time. For more information, contact the high school at 824-7036.

Police Blotter for Aug. 14

Terry Lynn Earle, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Rickerby family: Thanks for helping us deal with Dale's death

The family of Dale Rickerby would like to thank all of his friends and family for their support during Dale's illness and at the time of his death.

Datebook for Aug. 14

7 p.m. Integrated Community offers a free English and Spanish learning club, Intercambio, every Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Call 846-5521.

Weekly market connects farmers and public

Creating a farmers market for produce vendors and shoppers is one of the plans the Craig Downtown Business Association hopes will bring people to the stores on Yampa Avenue.

Encampment Museum houses unique history

History is all around Moffat County.

Honoring the missing

Ceremony closes Moving Wall display

A white coffee cup and wine glass were turned upside down.

New staff in place for start of school year

New staff does not mean different standards, said Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District assistant superintendent.

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A question with no answer

Mental health agency, advocates working to solve suicide problem

Colorado's suicide rate ranks as the seventh highest in the country, according to Mental Health America of Colorado. Figures for Moffat and Routt counties are just as unsettling.

Monday, August 13

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Crews battling blaze

2,200-acre fire reported near Wyoming state line

Firefighters are battling a 2,200-acre blaze that started in northern Moffat County at about 4 p.m. Monday.

Aging Well: New community center, new opportunities

Aging Well and Council on Aging combine forces to develop new programs

The old Steamboat Springs Community Center now is just a memory, but excitement is building about new healthy aging activities that will be possible at a larger, more versatile community center being built just down the road.

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Good neighbors, bad highway

Baggs, Wyo., residents call for improving Colorado Highway 13

Drivers heading north out of Craig on Colorado Highway 13 grip the wheel a little tighter about 20 miles into the drive.

Datebook for Aug. 13

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is holding a two-day Gatekeeper Training Workshop at the Yampa River State Park Visitor Center, 17 miles east of Craig. The workshop is designed to give participants knowledge and skills to help them know how to intervene when they fear someone is at risk for suicide and depression. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost. Contact Anngie Jenkins at 826-2329 or or call Sandy Beran at 824-8233.

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Next level at stake for Drake

Running back looking to extend career beyond high school

As long as he can.

Craig briefs for Aug. 13

Class of 1977 to reunite

The Moffat County High School class of 1977 will have its 30-year reunion later this month.

Business News & Notes: Gary Rosine affiliated with United Country Real Estate

Gary Rosine, owner/broker, has recently become affiliated with United Country Real Estate in Craig with the opening of United Country - Northwest Colorado Realty at 1592 W. Victory Way.

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Amid salutes and tears

Moving Wall memorial officially opens in Craig

Charley Watkins, Veterans of Foreign Wars District 9 commander, was not alone with his memories at Saturday's official opening of the Moving Wall, a traveling Vietnam veterans memorial.

Health watch: Mammography: Staying informed

Although heart disease and lung cancer cause more deaths, American women generally are more concerned about the chance of getting breast cancer - and with good reason.

Saturday, August 11

Showmanship for children and sheep

Moffat County Fair junior event showcases youths and livestock

Emily Hepworth knows how to bounce back from a bad year.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Hot Rod' and hot slap-stick comedy

The new comedy "Hot Rod" plays like a suburban version of a Las Vegas stunt spectacular, but its minimalist set pieces combined with a ridiculously dynamic hero make for a riotous affair.

Police Blotter for Aug. 11

Thursday, Aug. 9 Terry Lynn Earle, 37, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Chuck Mack: What's in a name - Part 2

Before I finished this story, my brother Willard came to visit, and he told me Mom was the one who wanted to name me Charles, so she started calling me this while Pop was away that summer, so I guess she's the one who put this name in the hat.

Wall ceremony expected to draw crowd

There are a few numbers Charley Watkins, district 9 commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, remembers clearly about his year spent serving in the hostile, southeastern Asian jungles of Vietnam.

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Tears and volunteers

Moving Wall an eye-opener for visitors, staffers

Thirteen-year-old Mason Updike is barely old enough to grow more than the few stray whiskers on his upper lip. Yet, despite being in the summer of his life, Updike isn't immune to the atrocities teens but a few years older than him experienced while serving in the Vietnam War.

Gov. Ritter orders grant council

'Many of our rural areas face a critical undersupply of health services'

Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order Wednesday establishing the Colorado Rural Health Care Grants Council, which will distribute a $7.5 million charitable gift from UnitedHealth Group throughout the next six years.

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The sound of the cup

Mental game key for Smith in senior season

When Sean Smith prepares to play in a golf tournament, he goes through the same ritual.

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'Ought' to be the shoes

Horseshoeing a calling for local farrier

When Luke and Grady Wilson head off to rodeo, they sometimes don't return home for a couple of weeks. That makes it especially hard to get work done on their horse's feet while on the road.

Craig briefs for Aug. 11

Meetings for parents of all Moffat County High School students participating in fall sports are listed below:

Datebook for Aug. 11

11 a.m. The Moving Wall's official opening with plans for Sen. Ken Salazar and military flyover at Loudy-Simpson Park. Taps will be played at Sunset.

Fewer kids equals less money for Moffat County schools

More students means more funding, and the Moffat County School District has lost students each year for the past nine.

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Relay raises more than $68,400

Craig's next American Cancer Society Relay For Life still is 11 months away, but Jana Rowe already is recruiting members for her upcoming team.

Our view: A matter of respect

Does Moffat County or the Western Slope have a voice with Gov. Bill Ritter?

Friday, August 10

Police blotter for August 8

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Datebook for August 10

Friday, Aug. 10

Extension connection: My favorite things

If you haven't made it to the Moffat County fair this year, be sure to do so this final weekend.

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Staying centered

Former Bulldog training for the next level

The goal: To be a center for a NCAA division I women's basketball team.

Diane Prather: For whom the bell pepper tolls? It tolls for you to eat

There are a few tiny peppers on our bell pepper plants, but it's going to be awhile until they're ready. So yesterday, I bought three big bell peppers at the store. I just couldn't wait to try a recipe I found in the Fence Post awhile back.

Sandy Orgoglioso: Thanks to those who helped with wall

I would like to thank all those involved who helped bring the Moving Wall to Craig. Thanks also for the good thoughts and beautiful prayers at the opening ceremony.

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Rainbow of ribbons

County youths take home awards

The hundreds of displays under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds were sporting something new Tuesday evening.

Chamber debates political agenda

Gene Bilodeau, Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors president, had a simple question for his board.

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'For which we pray'

Moving Wall opening raises emotional response

The names of 58,000-plus American soldiers glistened Thursday morning off black panels in a dusty, sun-baked corner of Loudy-Simpson Park.

Suicide prevention workshop Aug. 13 to 14

Two years ago, Sandy Beran took a two-day suicide prevention workshop.

Christina M. Currie: Like mother, like daughter

The fact that I have two little minds to mold is both a blessing and a burden.

Thursday, August 9

Bill Harding: See you at the Wall

The Moving Wall project started with a motorcycle escort through town yesterday and ceremonies start at 11 a.m. today and go through Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Focusing on Moffat County

MCTA director leaves regional post, focuses on county

The idea is to focus entirely on Moffat County, and that's a good thing, Shelly Flannery said.

Digging up history

Teachers schooled on the fine points of archeology

Mike Metcalf points to a red area four inches below the surface layer of dirt. He then tells the students that this non-descript patch in Northwest Colorado was once used as a fire pit.

Hayden Speedway race results

Western Colorado Racing Association

Police blotter for August 7

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Dave Pietrick and Melissa Alexander: Thanks for fire response

We would like to thank those who responded to the fire on our property on County Road 211 on July 14: Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Yampa Valley Electric, and The Memorial Hospital Emergency Response Team.

Family of O. Marion Jones: Thanks to LDS Church

I must sincerely apologize to the Relief Society of the LDS Church. I forget to mention the wonderful meal they set up for the friends and family of O. Marion Jones. Guess I had a "senior moment."

Proud entourage

Motorcade escorts Moving Wall to Craig

E.J. Bunk could hear the radio, could hear his truck engine and then could hear the score of motorcycles riding down Victory Way on Wednesday.

Briefs for August 9

Looking for local talent

Taking a swing at cancer

Rally For the Cure golf event raises funds to battle cancer

Forty-four women golfers stepped on to the Yampa Valley Golf Course Wednesday for the Rally For the Cure competition.

4-H projects head to state fair in Pueblo

A year of hard work paid off for Routt County's 4-H youths Saturday as 53 projects were selected for the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

'Totally disappeared'

Two months since Craig woman was last seen

Gone from the "face of the Earth."

Formula stores up for debate

Ordinance would limit chain businesses downtown

City planners have drafted an ordinance that would make it harder for chain stores such as Gap or Starbucks from setting up shop in downtown Steamboat Springs.

DOW plans programs for bear issue

Wildlife officials likely will resurrect a public outreach and volunteer program designed to tackle Steamboat Springs' ongoing issue with bears.

Andy Bockelman: 'Chuck and Larry' is mildly offensive, yet laughable

"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" is far from an ideal movie regarding diversity and tolerance, but considering the premise, it could be a lot worse.

Free infant eye exams at Centennial Mall

Teri and John Bolton both have glasses, their two oldest kids have glasses and their two newborn twin baby girls may need glasses.

Datebook for August 9

Thursday, Aug. 9

Wednesday, August 8

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New ad director, editor named

Scott Stanford, Brent Boyer to assume new roles this month

Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Scott Stanford has been named the newspaper's advertising director. City Editor Brent Boyer will replace Stanford as editor.

Nick Craig outlasts the field

Where other drivers struggled with continuity, Nick Craig thrived.

Police blotter for August 6

Police blotter for August 6

Amber Clark: Thanks to high school football team

Thanks to high school football team

The Perez family: Thanks for kind words during past year

Thanks for kind words during past year

Tom Walsh: Road construction a top priority for state

Road construction a top priority for state

Our View: Paying our respects

Across the walls read 58,195 names.

Demolition begins today at Craig Walgreens site

John Gorski expects the demolition at the corner of Victory Way and Green Street to gear up today, bringing the construction of a Craig Walgreens closer.

Aultman cuts time in swimming

Swimming in seven events at the Summer Club games in Lamar, Andrew Aultman cut more than 30 seconds of total time in the various events.

Hayden chief angered by bombs

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said Tuesday that those who set off crude, homemade bombs last week in the town are fortunate they did not cause more damage.

Briefs for August 8

Bikers needed for Wall

Datebook for August 8

Datebook for July 8

County revenues rising

The value of state assessed property in Moffat County jumped by $33 million county assessor Suzanne Brinks informed the commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

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Prather's Pick: Picture books paint more than a 1,000 words

This week's column features two picture books. The first, intended by the publisher for all ages, will warm your heart.

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Fun and cops at Wendy's

The eagle, the fox and McGruff the Crime Dog were there.

Tuesday, August 7

Jobbers play County Fair

A jobber is a professional wrestler still working the circuits, someone who hasn't made a name for him- or herself yet.

Bajan calificaciones en resultados de CSAP para Distrito Escolar de Moffat

El Departamento de Educación de Colorado publicó los resultados de los exámenes del Colorado Student Assesment Program (Programa de Evaluación de los Estudiantes de Colorado, o CSAP como es comðnmente llamado por sus siglas en ingles) la semana pasada. Del tercero hasta el decimo grado: resultados de lectura, escritura y matemática. Octabo y decimo grado: resultados de pruebas de ciencia.

Patsy Magness: Thank you for writing report on MS

Thank you for the Multiple Sclerosis article in the July 17 Craig Daily Press.

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Un tributo personal

Rohrich, otros residentes locales ayudan a traer la "Moving Wall" para recordar a los excombatientes

¿Que?: una replica en miniatura de monumento conmemorativo de los excombatientes de Vietnam.

Jacque Malley: Thanks for help locating daughter

I would like to thank Officer Fallon, the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, Search and Rescue, Crisis Advocacy, volunteers, friends and family who helped Friday evening in locating our daughter.

Craig briefs for Aug. 7

Board reschedules bond meeting

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will not have its scheduled special meeting Thursday night to approve a construction plan for the new middle school.

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Craig Fire/Rescue goes on record number of calls

Hot and dry conditions led Craig Fire/Rescue on a record number of calls in July.

Datebook for Aug. 7

10:30 a.m. SHARE Craig registration takes place at 10:30 a.m. in the community room at Sunset Meadows II and at 11 a.m. in the conference room at Sunset Meadows I. Call Ginny at 326-3003.

The family of O. Marion Jones: Many thanks deserved for help in hard time

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather O. Marion Jones, husband of Katherine.

Police blotter for Aug. 7

Megan Rae Crook, 21, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of a parole violation, unlawful distribution and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hayden looks to up YVRA water

Hayden hopes to increase the amount of water it can pump to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in anticipation of the continued expansion of the facility, town officials said.

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Wall therapy

Veterans remember as Vietnam Memorial replica comes to Craig

On the occasions that Tom Kilduff has visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., or the Moving Wall as it travels across the country, he always has found his way to East Panel number 53, Row 14.

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A night at the fights

Moffat County Fairgrounds host an evening out with the guys

Eleven guys stand around Friday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds listening to the rules being rattled off by Steve Gatorwolf, the owner-showman of Warpath Promotions.

Estudiantes latinoamericanos en Craig

22 centro y sudamericanos viene a estudiar administración de la tierra

Para el guatemalteco Estuardo Secaira, el viaje comenzó cuando se dio cuenta que un grupo de conservación de recursos naturales de Estados Unidos estaba organizando a un grupo de estudiantes centro y sudamericanos para aprender acerca de la administración de la tierra.

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Rain reduces fire threat

Voluntary fishing ban lifted; other restrictions remain in place

Frequent rain showers in recent weeks have reduced the risk of wildfire and led to the repeal of a voluntary fishing ban on the Steamboat Springs stretch of the Yampa River.

Real estate transactions for June

Buyer: Kruse, Jake

Monday, August 6

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Remembering Wes

Second annual rodeo grows from last year

One way or another, every cowboy at Saturday's Wes Hertzog Memorial Bronc Match knew the rodeo's namesake.

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Officer Laurie Schulze commended

The Craig Police Department announced July 26 Officer Laurie Schulze was named its 2006 employee of the year.

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Horsing around

Driving event challenges entries with difficult course

The Horse Driving Contest looked like fun.

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Wildlife officials urge caution after possible mountain lion sightings

During a summer in which city, county and state officials have fielded dozens of calls a day about bears, another animal may visit area homes - mountain lions.

Aging Well: Effective control of household pests is key to good health

Did you know eight out of 10 U.S. households use pesticides both indoors and outside their home?

Datebook for Aug. 6

6:30 p.m. Holistic Health & Fitness Center is hosting a healthy potluck exchange at its 420 Breeze St. location, where dishes and recipes can be exchanged. For more information or to RSVP, call 824-4700.

Aging Well: Preventing and controlling high blood pressure

There are several things that you can do to keep your blood pressure healthy. These actions should become part of your regular lifestyle. You should discuss with your health care provider the best ways for you to address these issues.

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Living the library life

Retiree in Maybell stays busy with literature

Summers after retirement are supposed to be a peaceful, relaxing time of year, especially in Maybell, where life moves at a leisurely pace.

Saturday, August 4

Woman seriously injured in rollover accident

A Craig woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident south of Craig on Friday morning.

High school, middle school practices to begin soon

The Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School fall sports seasons are approaching quickly. Every participant is required to have a physical for any sport this year.

Government update for August 4

Craig City Council and Moffat County Commissioners

Police blotter for August 4

Police blotter for August 4, 2007.

Chuck Mack: Hello from the top of the world, part two

We could catch all the brookies we want right here next to camp, I know, because we have in the past.

Family and friends of Paul McGilton: Thank you for support in time of need

We would like to thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Memorial Hospital, Grant Mortuary, Doug Zirkle and all the wonderful people that sent cards and flowers for the gracious support in the passing of Paul Edward McGilton.

Craig briefs for August 4

Recovery program to provide update

Participants of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program will provide a community update on efforts related to endangered fish recovery in the Colorado River at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Holiday Inn in Grand Junction, 755 Horizon Drive.

Christina Currie: Recognize those who make contributions

I am appalled by the recent letters to the editor criticizing Maurits de Blank for the investment he has made in our community and his frank comments about his first impression of Craig.

Datebook for August 4

8 p.m. to midnight. The Craig Fire/Rescue Firefighter's Ball is at the OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Cost per ticket is $10. Tickets can be purchased from any firefighter, at the station or by calling 824-5914.

Ad director leaving newspaper

Samantha Johnston to take job with The Memorial Hospital

Samantha Johnston, the regional advertising director for the Craig Daily Press and the Steamboat Pilot & Today, is leaving the newspapers for a position with The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

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A personal tribute

Rohrich, other locals help bring Moving Wall to remember veterans, show city

After serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force - including time spent in Ankara, Turkey, during the conflict in nearby Beirut, Lebanon - The Memorial Hospital CEO George Rohrich is still unsure of what exactly the Vietnam Veterans Memorial means to him, or anybody.

Latin American students learn about land management

The trip for Estuardo Secaira from Guatemala to Craig began when he learned the Nature Conservancy was helping to send a group of Central and South American students to the U.S. to learn about land management.

Student school supply lists

Student supply lists for the 2007-08 school year

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Crown jewels

Triple Crown teaches youths about the sport of baseball

Seth Lingo learned a bit of baseball wisdom Friday at the Triple Crown World Series.

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Bringing in the wheat

Farmers struggle to plan ahead each season while at the mercy of weather

After a summer of serious drought conditions, the fall of 2006 finally produced a good rainfall, just in time to keep most Northwest Colorado farmers from planting a winter wheat crop.

Grand Futures hopes to provide youth with healthier activities this fall

Grand Futures' goal is to provide alternative healthy activities to substance abuse for the community, said Grand Futures' Moffat County Director Chad Kiniston.

Our View: Dangerous game

Politicians need to focus on what's best for the public, not what will get them by.

Friday, August 3

Patrick D. Calicura: More implications than whether to drill in area

This letter is in regard to the recent "hullabaloo" concerning the Vermillion Basin and its drainage. The upper portion of this area was explored and drilled in the mid-1930s and later on including present date.

Gary Cole: What good came out of article on developer?

This letter is in response to the article about the owner of Alpine Apartments, Mauritis de Blank.

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Ski areas face warm wind of change

Speaking to a roomful of ski industry executives, meteorologist Robert Henson chose his opening words carefully.

Student news: Sara Burkett

Sara Burkett, of Craig, has graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Summer reading program wraps up

Nine-year-old Morgan Lawton has not only read all the "Harry Potter" books, she has completed every "Lemony Snicket" book by Daniel Handler she could lay her hands on, as well.

Bryce Jacobson: Keep public records public

The state of Colorado Senate and House approved Senate Bill 45 in April of this year, and it takes effect today.

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On the catwalk

Young girls show off their style at 4-H fashion revue

Katelyn Peroulis may have taken lessons from runway supermodels to strut her stuff as well as she did at Thursday's fashion revue.

Craig briefs for August 3

Free concert Tuesday

The Momento String Quartet, 2007 Strings in the Mountains Music Festival's Young Artists-in-Residence, will perform a free outreach concert at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, to the children at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Police blotter for August 3

Steven James Fletcher, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant to serve court-ordered jail time.

Christina M. Currie: Bad party, good mom

Touch of spice

Someone who had just met me and my girls for the first time at a picnic last weekend said I looked like a really good mother.

Student news: Bobbi Mcalexander

Bobbi Mcalexander, of Craig, has graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Diane Prather: No shame in cream puffs

Over a cup of coffee

Early morning is my favorite time of day and my most productive. (If only there were more early morning hours.) It's my habit to be in the garden by 6:30 a.m. each day where I weed and water and think.

Colette Erickson: Treating Alpine Condos like just a cash cow

I read the article regarding Maurits de Blank and Alpine Condos with great disgust.

A renewed effort

Ski resorts taking environmental strides

In June, Aspen Skiing Co. announced the installation of a 10.6-kilowatt photovoltaic system on the company's Thunder River Lodge affordable housing complex in Carbondale.

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Out for blood in the pool

MCHS swimmer Kelsey Conci's competitive streak earns her a Junior Olympics victory

You never can tell at first glance whether someone has a mean streak.

Datebook for August 3

7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Recovery meets at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Child care is provided. Call Caroline 620-0659.

Elisa Shackelton: Say 'thanks' to those who keep our community clean

I watched the guys take my garbage from the curb this morning and realized how thankful I am for people who perform the many thankless jobs that exist in our community.

Hospital hires new doctors

TMH adds surgeon, emergency room doctor

The Memorial Hospital hired two new doctors to fill positions outlined in its Medical Staff Development Plan.

Thursday, August 2

Datebook for August 2

10 a.m. to noon. The Moffat County Libraries Craig branch, 570 Green St., hosts a 2007 Summer Reading Program Completion Party. Events include storytelling, flannel board, puppet show, magic show and prize drawings.

U.S. Sen. Allard to be in Craig on Aug. 17

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard is scheduled to be in Craig on Aug. 17 for a 7:30 a.m. Town Hall meeting to speak with residents at the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners at Craig City Council Chambers.

Ritter replies to county's letter

A letter from the Moffat County Commissioners in mid-July protesting Gov. Bill Ritter's intentions to prevent oil and gas exploration in the Vermillion Basin has resulted in a response from the governor.

Carol Valera Jacobson: Thank you for extra Harry Potter book

It is the small delights and surprises that make running a small business in Craig so wonderful.

Police blotter for August 2

Michael Anthony Salazar, 42, of Craig, was sentenced to Moffat County Jail for court-ordered time.

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A summer tradition

The Black Mountain Junior Rodeo is a summer tradition on Wednesdays at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Andy Bockelman: Film version of 'The Simpsons' a much-needed break

In an event that has been inevitable for the past 20 years, "The Simpsons" has made the transition to the big screen.

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One small step for Craig

A giant leap for The Memorial Hospital, CNCC as ground broken for infrastructure

A typical construction site heralds the grand-scale plans to develop the 100-acre "site on the hill," where The Memorial Hospital and Colorado North-west Community College plan to build in the future.

Craig briefs for August 2

New volunteer training Aug. 17, 18

Northwest Colorado Volunteer Reserves will hold a New Member Training Aug. 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yampa Valley Medical Center Conference Room 1.

Profile of an area developer in a new age

East Coast man invests in Craig property

Maurits de Blank first rode through Craig in June 2005 and wanted to turn back for the greener pastures of Steamboat Springs or even Hayden. He changed his mind.

Vietnam Moving Wall progressing closer to Craig

We are one week from arrival and setup of the Vietnam Moving Wall.

Wednesday, August 1

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Win $50 in writing contest

Downtown Books and the Daily Press are sponsoring a second writing contest, also on Harry Potter. Entries should be final thoughts on book seven, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and/or final thoughts on the overall series.

Police blotter for Aug. 1

Dalia Marie Martinez, 34, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant of victim retaliation.

Problems broached for VNA, Comunidad

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association members met with Latinos in the community Tuesday in the VNA building for a panel discussion to assess the strengths and weaknesses health care providers in the area show in covering Latinos.

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Out-of-county wastewater keeps plant busy

Truck driver Patrick Maki drove an hour and a half to reach the Craig Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday.

Diane Prather: 'Miraculous Journey' an engaging book with message

I'm often asked about my favorite books and authors. Kate DiCamillo, who writes for young adult and elementary readers, ranks way up there on my list of favorite children's authors.

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CSAP scores in

Moffat County lower than last year, on par with state averages

Moffat County School District's five-year trend is over.

Couple hoping to move to Arizona will miss the community

They will miss Marilyn honking outside their window when she drives past.

Craig briefs for Aug. 1

$9,600 lost at McDonald's

An elderly man lost a brown leather pouch containing $9,600 at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Craig McDonald's restaurant, according to press release from the Craig Police Department.

Datebook for Aug. 1

8 a.m. The Craig Downtown Business Association meets at Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave. The second Wednesday of each month is a Meet-and-Greet, hosted by a local business.

Audit: County finances 'look good'

A recent audit by McMann and Associates, a firm hired to look into Moffat County finances for 2006, showed improved finances for the county.

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Wells adds world trail team to resume

After Clint Wells finished third at the U.S. 10K Trail Championships in Steamboat Springs, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team manager Nancy Hobbs told the Steamboat Pilot & Today, "I can't see why, with how (Wells) ran today, that he wouldn't be on the team."

Real estate transactions for May

Buyer: Regan, Sandy D

Our View: Change in tune and tone

According to some newcomers, this is how many are greeted by locals: "You moved to Craig? Why?"

Static prices continue at gas stations

Despite gas prices dropping state- and nationwide, the majority of local service stations have remained within cents of $3.39 per gallon of regular unleaded since mid-June.