Stories for December 2007

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Monday, December 31

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Beaten and unbeaten

Moffat County pounds Uintah to remain undefeated

Three minutes into the first period of the Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club's opening game of a Friday night doubleheader, defensemen Nick Bulla had a Uintah player firmly locked into his radar.

Datebook for Dec. 31

Today All city of Craig government offices will close early at 3 p.m.

Aging Well: Eating well as we age

Many older people have trouble eating well. This article tells why, and then it gives ideas on what you can do about it. Using the food label is one way to eat well; there are others.

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'Someday' dawns

Wife, mother publishes devotional book inspired by scripture, personal experience

Michelle Peters didn't set out to write a book.

Don't let the holidays weigh you down

Holiday season usually is defined as the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. In terms of eating (and overeating), that might be extended from the day after Halloween, with the leftover candy treats, to Super Bowl Sunday. How much weight are you likely to gain during this period?

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No further fallout from bogus bills ... yet

There's has been no further fallout from last week's news that fake Spree Dollars certificates were circulated at local stores, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Sunday, December 30

Storm closes Rabbit Ears, Gore, Cameron passes

Wind, snow advisories in effect for Northwest Colorado until Monday morning

The strong winds and heavy snow that struck Steamboat Springs on Sunday are expected to continue through the night and could bring gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and 16 inches of snow to the area.

Saturday, December 29

New Year's has endless possibilities

With New Year's Eve on Monday, Craig businesses are offering up plenty to do as the bell tolls on 2007.

December a wet, record-setting month

When it comes to measuring snowfall, the numbers can be deceiving, said Graham Roberts, environmental health and safety specialist at Trapper Mine.

Craig man to appear for prelim next month

Court hearings for a 31-year-old Craig man facing a multitude of charges, including attempted murder, were continued Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

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Students, teachers look forward to winter break

First-grader Amanda Moore enjoys school - math class in particular.

Arson probe turns to warrants

Authorities seize Country Mall owner's records for investigation

The Craig Police Department and the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office executed three search warrants Friday at the home and businesses owned by Marvin "Red" Cortner, a Craig businessman and "person of interest" in the Country Mall arson.

Chuck Mack: A life in coal mining continued

Golly, I spent my entire working career, spanning 45 1/2 years mining coal.

Police blotter for Dec. 29

No reports.

Datebook for Dec. 29, 2007

1 p.m. Preserving the Last Frontier meets inside the cafeteria at Sunset Meadows II. This will be the group's holiday meeting/potluck dinner. The John Wayne Band will provide entertainment. The meeting is open to the public. Call Carol Jacobson at 824-5343.

Craig briefs for Dec. 29

Influenza season usually peaks in February, according to a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association press release. The VNA will be holding drop-in flu clinics for all ages on the following dates and times:

Judge denies Nerney's injunction request

After a short-lived victory, Kevin Nerney lost the latest battle in the war for his liquor license Thursday.

On thin ice

Located in a small building next to Samuelson True Value Hardware & Lumber, at 456 Breeze St., is a shop that houses Craig's hockey needs.

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Merchant of Sandwich closing its window today after 10 years

After 10 years, The Merchant of Sandwich will open its sliding glass drive-through window for the last time today. Citing health reasons, owner Brad Herrick is closing the little shop west of downtown and moving on to the greener pastures of Safeway's produce department.

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Heads on a wall

Wyman museum to display local trophy head exhibit

Climbing the flight of stairs that leads to the newly constructed loft atop the Wyman Museum, it's hard not to notice the dozen or so eyes watching.

Keeping with family tradition

Local coffee shop owner continues work on ranch generations later

Most days, Katrina Springer can be found at Serendipity Coffee Shop - a bakery and cafe that she owns - cooking and serving up homemade soups, meat loaf, Cajun shrimp pasta and other meals.

Andy Bockelman: 'National Treasure' has plenty of action, but plot is fool's gold

In the 2004 surprise hit adventure "National Treasure," the unavoidable theft of the Declaration of Independence was the major focus. In the sequel, "Book of Secrets," the stakes are raised, yet the outcome remains the same.

Friday, December 28

Christmas coping

Hometown gifts ease holiday homesickness for overseas veterans

Craig resident Deb Dunaway's favorite Christmas present didn't come in wrapping paper and wasn't found under the tree. Instead, it was an e-mail - sent from a far away land - found on her computer after that morning's festivities died down.

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Spending Spree

Police investigating phony Chamber of Commerce certificates

The Craig Police Department opened an investigation Thursday after the Chamber of Commerce reported that three phony Spree Dollars certificates, totaling $150, were used at local stores.

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Diane Prather: New Year is time to try new food

When we get together with family and friends on New Year's Eve, we have chili and other kinds of soup.

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For the love of the game

Voluntary basketball practice keeps players sharp, in shape

Outside of Moffat County High School, the parking lot is full of snow and void of the usual congestion of automobiles.

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Resolved

Persistence, accountability may help people keep New Year's resolutions

As the old year dwindles down to its final hours, many people turn their thoughts to the new year - specifically, the changes they want to make in it.

Elisa Shackelton: How much radon is your family being exposed to?

Although there are critics who claim the radon problem is nothing but hype, every major health organization has found that long-term radon exposure causes cancer.

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Christina M. Currie: Baby blues

I've seen studies that indicate the need to nurture is genetically ingrained in those with a female chromosome, and I've seen that need reflected in my two girls.

Police blotter for Dec. 26

Police blotter for Dec. 26

Datebook for Dec. 28

Datebook for Dec. 28

Keeping the streets clear of snow

The Craig Police Department is again asking assistance in helping make room for snowplows, as they attempt to keep city streets clean and clear of snow.

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Secretary of state looks at recertification

Clerk and recorder: No word from secretary

Earlier this week, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan was facing what she called "a nightmare."

Thursday, December 27

Mary Jane Alexander: The benefit of shopping local

On Jan. 29, I purchased a leather recliner at Homemaker Furnishing on Ranney Street in Craig. After shoulder surgery, I could not sleep in bed. I slept in that recliner for more than six weeks.

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More jets coming to YVRA

United and Ski Corp. deal will increase seats year-round

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has struck what many call a long-overdue deal with United Airlines.

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Testing the waters

CMS RiverWatch class teaches environmental awareness, science

He came. They tested.

Craig briefs for Dec. 27

Coffman supports paper ballots in '08

Bill Harding: Reflect on real reason for Christmas holiday

I wish to thank those who brought in books, magazines and writing supplies before Christmas so they could be distributed to veterans. I wasn't able to get them to troops overseas but the veterans at the Rifle Veterans Nursing Home and those at the VA Medical Hospital in Grand Junction were excited to receive reading and writing materials. Thanks again.

Bulldog beat for Dec. 27

Winter break is upon us, so the high school sports scene is going to be thin for a while. The Bulldog Hockey Club continued it's dominating ways and the boys and girls basketball teams hit the road for a taste of tournament competition.

Police blotter for Dec. 25

Police blotter for Dec. 25

Datebook for Dec. 27

Datebook for Dec. 27

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Winter fun

Time away from school, work provides residents a blast in the snow

Seven-year old Walker Neff stands at the top of a snow-covered hill behind Calvary Baptist Church.

Wednesday, December 26

Deceased snowmobiler identified

Jack Kelly, 62, had preexisting heart condition

The 62-year-old man who died in his hunting cabin north of Hayden Saturday night has been identified as Jack Kelly of Craig.

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Held for the holiday

Difficulty of jail life compounded for Moffat County Jail inmates on Christmas

Christmas morning didn't include the traditional trappings of gifts and family for Cindy Reynolds, a corporal working for three years now at the Moffat County Jail.

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Orange Bowl dreamin'

Local teens to perform during pre-football game festivities in Miami on Jan. 3

Laughter and playful giggling can be heard echoing around the vast interior of the Gymstar Fun N Fit Gymnastics building on a snowy Christmas Eve in Craig.

Joshua Roberts: A mostly true Christmas story ...

Starring George Bailey, Santa Claus and evil Martian invaders

So it's late tonight, on this Christmas Eve, and once again, I can't sleep.

Andy Bockelman: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' entertaining

"Alvin and the Chipmunks" may be off as far as its information about the title critters (such as their fondness for toaster waffles) goes, but it is pretty agreeable as children's entertainment.

Maren Schmidt: Addressing frustrations with your kids

Kids Talk

Maintaining a positive and forward-moving life is a challenge, to say the least. Life has a way of helping us misplace our sense of humor in a hurry. Some days, the sailing is smooth with fluffy breezes, while on others, we might have to restrain ourselves from self-inflicted baldness.

Donna M. Carroll: Ten reasons to quit smoking

Healthwatch

There are 50 million smokers in the United States, and 70 percent of them have tried to quit at least once.

Craig briefs for Dec. 26

DOW seeks information

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for any information about an alleged poaching incident Saturday along Rio Blanco County Road 142.

Police blotter for Dec. 26

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Datebook for Dec. 26

Aging Well's all-day program, "Wellness Wednesdays," is canceled.

'Top of the political pile'

Club 20 to meet with state leaders on trip

Western Slope public officials, business leaders and residents are scheduled to meet with top state officials - including Gov. Bill Ritter and Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien - during a legislative visit to Denver next month.

Close out holiday season with safety in mind

Homes have been decorated, gifts have been unwrapped and New Year's resolutions are ready to fill everyone's thoughts. With the onset of post-holiday activity, it's important to keep safety in mind, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Tuesday, December 25

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In the nick of time for St. Nick's

Craig residents scramble to shop for last-minute gifts, wrap all presents before Christmas

Parking lots around Craig were sloppy from melting snow, but full of cars and trucks owned by residents in search of last-minute Christmas gifts.

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A wartime Christmas

Moffat County residents made Christmas memorable for soldiers, community in 1917

The world was at war, and young men and women from across the nation were serving in the military or in medical units, leaving friends and family behind.

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Diane Prather: Mrs. McBloom's cluttered classroom

For some people, making New Year's resolutions is a tradition. For example, my resolution for next year is to start making holiday preparations in early November. For Mrs. McBloom, of the tiny town Up Yonder, it should have been to clean up the clutter in her classroom.

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'Monkey off our backs'

Boys basketball team wins first game, beating Peak to Peak High School at tournament

Just a matter of time. That's how long Moffat County boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis said it would take for his team to earn its first victory of the season.

Fay Hafey: Vallarta's restaurant staff went extra mile

On Dec. 20, I took my granddaughter that was visiting family here out to dinner at Craig's new Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant in the mall. We decided on Mexican food and had been told that the food was very good.

Police blotter for Dec. 25

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Craig briefs for Dec. 25

Development grants available

Colorado Big Country Resource Conservation and Development is accepting grant applications for its partnership grant program.

Datebook for Dec. 25

All city of Craig government offices will be closed.

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Reversing the 'Santa Claus scenario'

Church leaders: A time for celebrating, giving, fellowship

What is the meaning of Christmas? When asked this question, Bob Woods, First Congregational United Church of Christ pastor, paused.

Monday, December 24

An artist in the classroom

Dave Morris an example of creativity and learning

Sunlight of a clear December morning illuminates Dave Morris' classroom.

Local man happy mistakes led him here

If you died one year from now, could you look back on your life and be happy?

Construction of Haven community center expected in January

There's good reason for cheer among staff at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden as they prepare for a new community center addition to The Haven.

Craig man dies in cabin

Rescuers endure 13-mile snowmobile ride to recover body

Routt County Search and Rescue workers endured sub-zero temperatures and a 13-mile snowmobile ride Saturday night to recover the body of a 62-year-old Craig man who died in his hunting cabin north of Hayden.

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Gabbert wins holiday lighting contest

The houses have been lit up.

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Getting the job done

Craig city clerk helps people in every facet of her life

A man enters the office, has a couple of questions, writes a check - asks who to make it out to - gets his answers and leaves.

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MCHS hockey team sweeps Grand Valley

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey club gave a rude welcome to last year's team captain, Bo Boatright, on Saturday, dispatching the former leader's new team, Grand Valley, 8-3 and 2-0 at the Moffat County Ice Arena to remain undefeated.

Craig briefs for Dec. 24

Government offices closed on holidays

All Moffat County government offices will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1 for the holiday. They will close at noon Dec. 31.

Health Watch: Eat more fiber; it's rough on disease

A bowl of spicy black bean soup with brown rice and a slice of whole bread - it's comfort food rather than high cuisine. But the dish is rich in fiber and gets high marks for nutrition.

Datebook for Dec. 24

All city of Craig government offices will be closed.

Business News & Notes: A taste of home

What can a new Mexican restaurant bring to Craig?

More stress than bliss

Holidays put strain on individuals with high suicide risk factors

For some, the holidays may elicit fond memories.

Language exchange

Local English-Spanish interchange offers education, relationships

Mirna Luna knows why she comes to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Tuesday evenings, long after all the children have left and most of the building is dark.

Muldoons travel the world, but always find way back

The Muldoon family lives in the big house at the end of a street at the top of a hill.

A family business

Karen Worth follows career in fast food with daughters by her side

It is a bright, chilly November afternoon.

The Mudd Shack has become a routine stop for caffeine seekers

The small wooden island sits alone.

Living a double life

K.C. Hume a man staying busy with Sheriff's Office, Craig Fire/Rescue

The desktop in K.C. Hume's office at the Moffat County Public Safety Center is littered with loose papers, notebooks and, because it's lunchtime and he's a man on the go, a Taco Bell wrapper.

Saturday, December 22

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Don't judge a book ...

High school librarian also football coach, hockey player

Moffat County High School librarian Jim Neton sits at a desk that is too small for a man who is 5-foot 8 inches tall.

Girls basketball takes third place at Grandview tourney

The Moffat County High School girls wrapped up its four-day trip to Denver on Friday, capturing third place in the Grandview tournament.

Craig invited to figure out 'whodunit'

Theatre group's Interactive Mystery and Costume Ball an 'off-the-cuff' production

On New Year's Eve, someone will die in the Center of Craig.

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Electrifying

Craig at Work

Jim Blevins opened Blevins Electronic Repair formally in 1996, but started in 1994 in a remote back room that was originally his grandfather's office.

Moffat County school board action items from Dec. 20 meeting

The board received a report from district technology director Marlene Knez and Matt Hammer, a senior account manager from Information Systems Consulting.

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'Tis the season to be jolly

Busy Beavers 4-H Club hosts Community Christmas Soup Supper for current and former Hamilton residents

A yummy supper, lots of conversation, stories for the young children and more. It was all part of the fourth annual Hamilton Community Christmas Soup Supper.

J.R. Earle: All I want for Christmas

A letter to Santa Claus

A local student's letter to Santa Claus

Batches of fun

Eagle's Nest Preschool students share Christmas cookie recipes

To prepare for the holidays, Eagle's Nest Preschool students compiled a list of Christmas cookie recipes. Their favorites are listed below.

A sleepover to remember

Students recount time at Pepsi Center

On Dec. 15, Craig Cub Scouts traveled to Denver to watch an Avalanche hockey game. During a sleepover in the Pepsi Center after the game, a fire broke out in a locker room. Three Cub Scouts tell the story.

Andy Bockelman: Movies to mark the Christmas season

In the multitude of Christmas movies made, there have been some truly awful ones. Seeing the Governator slug it out with a rampaging reindeer ("Jingle All the Way") or grimacing as Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito ogle their own daughters ("Deck the Halls") is enough to dampen anyone's holiday spirit.

Rookies join the ranks

Craig Fire/Rescue hires three, promotes three

Some newbies were brought on board, some old newbies were promoted and the Craig Rural Fire Protection District enters 2008 with a few changes.

County Shop fate up in air

Decision whether to condemn structure still pending

The County Shop's fate still is undecided, with no definite timeline for when a decision whether to condemn the building will be made.

Our View: All things to all people

What does education really mean?

Chuck Mack: A historical look at coal mines

Searching for articles on coal mines, I came across these two interesting articles concerning a coal mine proposition that was to be almost on the outskirts of the town of Craig.

Interfaith Food Bank: Food Bank thanks Craig residents

The members of the Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank you for your generosity in donating money and all the food for the media drive.

Gloria Blakley: Downtown sidewalks snowy, icy, unsafe

Yesterday, I attempted to do some shopping downtown on Yampa Avenue.

Craig briefs for Dec. 22

Accountability Committee to meet

Police blotter for Dec. 20

Police blotter for Dec. 20

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Heeding His call

Cavalry Baptist Pastor Rod Compton moving on to New Mexico

Husband. Father. Pastor. Public address announcer. City Councilman. In precisely that order. Pastor Rod Compton is listing his priorities.

Datebook for Dec. 22

Datebook for Dec. 22

Friday, December 21

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Diane Prather: Oyster stew for Christmas

Over a Cup of Coffee

When I was a child, it was a tradition to have Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve, after which we opened Christmas cards and passed them around the table.

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Sheriff Wall loses license

Department of Revenue upholds yearlong revocation

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has lost his driver's license for one year, the Colorado Department of Revenue confirmed Thursday.

Moffat County schools, district accredited, commended

The Moffat County School District will remain accredited for another year, Superintendent Pete Bergmann announced at a board meeting Thursday night.

Salazar earmarks Northwest Colorado projects

U.S. military veteran Bill Harding has traveled to Grand Junction, driven some of his fellow soldiers there and is very thankful that U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., found some dollars to help veterans seek medical care.

Len Browning: Reasons to love Christmas

I do get frustrated and at times bogged down in the rush of the season and the ease of diverted attention from the "reason for the season," but I still do love this time of year.

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Christina M. Currie: Educating the uneducated

I have some questions about the value of educational programming. I mean, I learn a lot, but all my children learn is how little I actually know.

Moffat County 4-H Council: 4-H thanks donors

The Moffat County 4-H Council would like to thank those who donated to the 4-H program during the recent sale at MJK Sales & Feed.

Stan Moore: Shovel snow away from fire hydrants

The past couple of days, while walking around town, I have noticed fire hydrants covered and or blocked by snow.

Craig briefs for Dec. 21

'Just Say No' contest in January

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 4265 is sponsoring the "Just Say No" coloring contest from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the VFW Restaurant, 419 E. Victory Way.

Police Blotter for Dec. 21

Officers responded to a noise complaint.

Datebook for Dec. 21

Noon to 1:30 p.m. The Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's office will be closed because of an office Christmas party. The office will reopen afterward, and be open until 4:45 p.m.

Craig man arrested for suspected assault

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office arrested a Craig man Dec. 14 on charges alleging he sexually assaulted a child.

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Area under snow advisory

Winter storm system moving into Northwest Colorado expected to bring 3 to 6 inches

The full impact of a storm system moving into Northwest Colorado wasn't visible by Thursday afternoon, but officials at the National Weather Service say that could change.

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Potential hire meets with public

EDP introduces candidate to locals

After meeting with a gaggle of local business, government and non-profit representatives Thursday afternoon, prospective hire Kevin Ventrudo was impressed with the diversity of questions coming from the audience.

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'This is your chance'

School-sponsored canned food drives teach students to be responsible, give to the needy

Michele Conroy set a goal. The Sunset Elementary second-grade teacher encouraged each of her 19 students to bring in one can of food to donate to the Inter Faith Food Bank of Craig.

Moffat County Neighbor: Margaret Gray

Moffat County Neighbor: Margaret Gray

Elisa Shackelton: Preventing damage to your landscape

Extension Connection

Having to deal with snow and ice is a fact of life when you live in Northwest Colorado.

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Tightening the laces

Bulldogs Hockey Club puts seven-game win streak on the line against Grand Valley

Bulldogs hockey club coach Jim Hall has been through the ups and downs as a player and coach, so despite the Bulldogs' seven-game winning streak, he's not overly confident in regard to what the remainder of the season has in store.

Girls basketball loses at Grandview tourney

The Moffat County girls basketball team lost Wednesday to Cheyenne Central, 49-39, in Denver.

Thursday, December 20

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Sheriff Wall's license suspended

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has lost his driver's license for one year, the Colorado Department of Revenue confirmed Thursday.

Datebook for Dec. 20

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story times at the Moffat Counties Libraries Craig branch, 570 Green St., are about the world and culture.

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Support for playground effort

Julie Taulman and Shelly St. Pierre are one step closer to seeing a playground accessible to their sons, and all children, after the Steamboat Springs School District contributed $50,000 to the cause Tuesday.

Bill Harding: Remember soldiers' sacrifice during the holidays

I would like to wish this community, all the local veterans and their dependants a very "Merry Christmas."

Cathy Hamilton: The life of a Weather Channel groupie

I adore a good winter storm. I get excited - I mean, really excited - at the remotest possibility of massive amounts of snow and ice.

Ron Alexander, Jr., and family: Thanks for help with benefit chili dinner

We would like to thank everyone who donated, helped and participated in the benefit chili dinner for our family.

Michelle and Dario Georgiou: Thank you to Santa's Elves for their gift

Dario and I would like to thank Santa's Elves for their generous gift.

Police blotter for Dec. 20

Daniel George Naumann, 26, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on warrant.

Craig briefs for Dec. 20

Government holiday closures

All Moffat County government offices will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the holiday.

Tips for quitting tobacco

In January, thousands of tobacco users across Colorado will choose to quit smoking or chewing as their New Year's resolution, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Twentymile suspends contracts

Twentymile Coal Co. suspended the contracts of all of its contract labor force this week, Human Resources Director Ron Spangler said.

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Santa's little helpers

Moffat County High School woodshop students make time to build toys for local children

It started with an off-handed remark as Moffat County High School woodshop teacher Craig Conrad watched one of his classes at work more than 18 years ago.

Wednesday, December 19

Museum looks at traveling exhibit

New attraction possible for 2010

It's an opportunity for the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County locals to have something new, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

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Diane Prather: New Judy Blume book showcases sibling relationships

You probably never could convince young siblings that they'll grow up to be good friends. That goes double for brothers and sisters.

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John Vandelinder: Rocky week for Bulldogs

The girls basketball team swept a pair of home games, but the boys basketball team was blanked in Wyoming. The Bulldog wrestling team learned it has a long way to go to live up to the tradition laid out by past teams, and the swimmers competed in the season's largest meet.

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Craig's Red Dogs hockey team chases time on the ice, beats Steamboat squad

What do you get when you combine two construction workers, a chiropractor, a financial advisor, a hospital nurse, two English teachers, a librarian, a coal miner, two high school students and a hockey puck?

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Andy Bockelman: 'Golden Compass' resonant, but heavy-handed, loses direction

The new fantasy adventure film "The Golden Compass" is undoubtedly resonant in its deep messages, but its heavy-handed approach loses direction along the way.

Testing, reduction systems suggested for eliminating radioactive gas

For many, winter weather warrants a house closed tightly against the cold. Yet, for nearly half the homes in Colorado, this practice can increase the concentration of a naturally-occurring gas proven to cause lung cancer.

Charley Brown: Officials' comments on energy disturbing

I found the article in the Saturday Daily Press very interesting, the comments by two county commissioners and the Natural Resource director disturbing.

Father Randy Dollins: Putting the X in Xmas

There are mixed feelings about abbreviating Christmas as Xmas. Some view it as yet another way that Christmas has been stripped of its true meaning.

Craig briefs for Dec. 19

The Moffat County Commission heard some of the details and trends revealed in the recent 25-question Senior Needs survey at its meeting Tuesday.

Datebook for Dec. 19

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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Coffman, legislators seek election solutions

County clerks fear voter confidence is shaken

A day after Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman said voting equipment used in Routt County and throughout the state has been decertified, a leading state legislator expressed hope that some of the problems soon would be corrected.

An even playing field

County assessor does not want state dictating taxable value of oil, gas company properties

Suzanne Brinks, who works as the Moffat County assessor, is concerned potential rule changes at the Colorado Division of Property Taxation will prevent local tax authorities from properly assessing the taxable value of oil and gas company property.

CNCC considers future campus installations

John Boyd, Colorado Northwestern Community College president, is looking at the future of the Craig campus. And he's looking far.

Tuesday, December 18

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GOCO denies soccer field request

Official: Lack of documented support led to rejection of grant application

The Commission thinks it provided enough evidence of community demand for soccer fields at Loudy-Simpson Park, and its members are frustrated Great Outdoors Colorado did not approve the grant application, Commissioner Saed Tayyara said.

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Voting machines banned

Paper, absentee ballot equipment in Moffat County decertified

"I'm exhausted already," the Moffat County clerk and recorder said moments after finding out Mike Coffman, the Colorado secretary of state, decertified some of the electronic equipment the county uses to count votes.

Swim meet a learning experience

Moffat County High School swimming coach Marin Campbell has been putting the Bulldogs through rigorous weightlifting sessions this past week in an attempt to gear up her swimmers for the state championships.

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Bulldogs come home empty-handed

Moffat County wrestling team fails to place at Warrior Classic

At practice Monday, Moffat County High School assistant wrestling coach Ron Linsacum attempted to light a fire under the Bulldog wrestlers.

Maren Schmidt: Priceless presents

As we make our holiday shopping lists and worry about what to get for our friends, families and other special people in our lives, let's take a few minutes and make sure we are giving the gifts that can only come from the heart.

Performance of Handel's 'Messiah' a community effort

John Bolton, Moffat County High School band director, wanted to organize a production of Handel's "Messiah." He knew local musicians who could perform it. All he needed was a choir director.

Letter: Thank you, family and friends, for support

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to family and friends who have been so supportive in our time of need.

Police blotter for Dec. 18

Hector Rene Quezada, 36, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of third degree assault, domestic violence, immigration, first degree arson of a residence, child abuse, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and first degree assault with a weapon.

Mary Jo Brown: Senior Spotlight

Certain smells seem to show up around this time of year more than usual. And the goodies, oh my.

Invisible smoke

Meth contamination dangerous to residents

When someone rents a new apartment or home, they're often obliged to check for damages. A burn in the carpet here, water damage under a sink there. But methamphetamine smoke in the walls?

Datebook for Dec. 18

6:30 to 8:15 p.m. "Pulse" Young group, for youths ages 11 to 18, meets every Tuesday at the New Creation Church in the Centennial Mall. Call 756-0010.

Monday, December 17

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Vote of no confidence

Electronic voting equipment used in Routt County and throughout the state of Colorado was decertified Monday, calling into question how some counties will conduct their 2008 elections.

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Aiming for new horizons

Craig teenager starts life in the United States Air Force

The black Ford truck navigates its way through the snow-covered southern Moffat County landscape. The stillness outside grows with each mile gone by, each mile farther away from home and closer to the separation point.

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DECA garners most awards in team's history at district competition

Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School DECA adviser, didn't see it coming.

Datebook for Dec. 17

9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Serendipity's. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

Craig briefs for Dec. 17

Post office: Keep mailbox area clear

The Craig Post Office reminds postal customers to leave a safe, accessible path to mailboxes as winter weather conditions continue.

Bill Muldoon: 'Perfectionist' a two-edged sword

Friday's newspaper brought the welcome news that the Northwest Dental Coalition has hired a new dentist. Words used to describe the new hire were qualified, perfectionist and personable.

Humane Society of Moffat County: Thanks for supporting Humane Society

The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following for the help and support: Vanna McCoy for grooming the shelter animals, the Fleetwoods and Janis Rogers for the generous donations, and Wal-Mart for the pet food.

Aging Well: Ways to beat the winter and holiday blues

Amid colorful decorations and holiday music, some smiles mask sadness, anxiety, irritation and hopelessness.

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Bulldogs cut down Evergreen

Moffat County High School defense too much for Cougars

The Evergreen High School girls basketball team visited Moffat County on Saturday, in what each head coach thought could possibly be a preview of a game in the season-ending state tournament.

Boys basketball team struggles in Wyoming

Bulldogs finish 0-3 in Green River tourney

Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis came away from his team's performance during the weekend in the Green River Tournament in Wyoming using one word to sum up the experience: sick.

Hayden Marketplace opens today

Who says there's nowhere to go for local products?

Sunday, December 16

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Mineral dollars spur debate

Western Slope lawmakers: Use exploration revenues locally

Months after floating the idea with a colleague, and after criticism from some Western Slope lawmakers and fellow Republicans, state Rep. Al White of Winter Park is now distancing himself from a proposal to use mineral exploration revenues to help Colorado's ailing higher education system.

Saturday, December 15

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Bulldog girls basketball chews up Fruita Wildcats in home opener

Moffat County senior Markie Workman opened up Friday's contest against visiting Fruita, taking a shot that missed rim, net and backboard.

Colorado Bar Association offers tips to avoid shopping scams

As we approach the nation's busiest shopping season, the Colorado Bar Association hopes you will take precautions when shopping, whether online, in person or over the phone.

Andy Bockelman: 'Awake' not quite a snoozer, but close to it

The new thriller "Awake" may not put viewers to sleep, but they will certainly be stifling a few yawns.

School District selects owner's rep, reviews applications for other services

Sold. That's what Mark Rydberg, Moffat County School District director of finance, said concerning the bonds that will fund a district-wide campus upgrade project.

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'Anything can help'

Craig elementary students raise funds for Substance Abuse Prevention Program

When Austin Luker received a laptop from Jerry Hoberg, Substance Abuse Prevention Program president, he said he felt one emotion.

Police blotter for Dec. 15

No bookings reported.

Craig briefs for Dec. 15

Fire account set up for business

First Congregational United Church of Christ has set up a fire "recovery fund account" for Bev Rubley at Bank of the West. Rubley's business was destroyed in the Country Mall fire in November. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can go to the bank and ask to have the funds deposited in the account for Bev Rubley.

Datebook for Dec. 15

8 a.m. Elks National Free Throw "Hoop Shoot" Contest is as at Craig Intermediate School, 201 E. Ninth St. For more information, call Frank Sadvar at 824-6131.

Craig's Centennial coins on sale now as part of celebration

Coins commemorating the city of Craig's Centennial are now on sale, and just in time for the holidays.

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Commission: Regulations bad for business

New regulations giving approval powers to DOW, Health Department cause concerns

Moffat County officials are concerned the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission might adopt regulations that could chase away energy development.

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Fighting through

Horizons' 'Little points of light' campaign helps local families in need

The date: April 16, 2005. Lucy Duke was laboring through the birthing process as her husband Todd paced back and forth in anticipation of the arrival of the couple's second child.

Chuck Mack: When the bubble burst

The dreams and schemes of Mt. Streeter were for sale at public auction. This was an interesting auction; the auction had hardly gotten a good start for the day when the auction was moved to the upstairs portion of the machine shop in order to sell stuff stored up there.

Elisa Shackelton: Nutrition for cold-weather exercisers

If you are among the active Northwest crowd who exercise outdoors despite chilly winter weather, you may wonder whether the cold initiates special nutritional needs.

Our View: Open meetings, doomed seasons

On Monday, representatives from various boards across Moffat County and the city of Craig attended an attorney forum to discuss Sunshine laws, or open meetings laws.

The cause for Santa Paws

K-9 Kids event raises funds for Moffat County Humane Society

Children have their pictures taken with Santa, so why not dogs? That's what Santa Paws is all about.

Sports briefs for Dec. 15

Boys basketball falls in first round

The Moffat County High School boys basketball team lost its first game Thursday, while competing in the Green River Tournament in Wyoming.

Friday, December 14

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Following the winning pattern

Craig Middle School basketball team claims conference championship

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade football team ran the table on its way to the league championship.

Chamber of Commerce OKs revised due structure

Different people want different things, so, sometimes, it behooves an organization to dismiss the axiom "one size fits all."

Christina M. Currie: Naughty mom

I know that my girls can sing "Jingle Bells" 14 times from City Market to my house.

Veterans Hotline: Remember veterans during holidays

Glad to have seen all those who lowered their flags for the Pearl Harbor Recognition Day observance Friday.

Sylvia McFeaters: Thanks for helping Horizons

A big thanks to all who have called or stopped by to offer support to Horizons.

Police blotter for Dec. 14

Richard Woodrow Lewis, 42, of Platville, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving after license revocation and driving under the influence of liquor.

Craig briefs for Dec. 14

Interactive play on New Year's Eve

The Black Mountain Theatre of Craig presents an Interactive Mystery and 1920s Costume Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 at "Cheezey's Speakeasy" located in the Center of Craig.

Datebook for Dec. 14

6 to 8:30 p.m. The Craig Assembly of God Church, 1150 E. Ninth St., hosts "what the first Christmas was really like" - a "hands-on holy land experience." Call Earlita at 824-0365.

Moffat County Neighbor: Sarah Gilroy

Occupation: Office manager

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Poetry written to be heard

Local club offers support and feedback to writers

Sitting at a table in Downtown Books, Joyce Phillips reads her poem aloud.

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'We found the perfect candidate'

Full-time dentist joins Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition staff in Craig

Several words come to Janet Pearcey, director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, when describing Dr. Dana Fujita.

Over a cup of coffee: A new twist on a holiday staple

On Monday, I received a delightful call from Mrs. Earl (Beulah) Kline of Craig. She said she had "dumped" a fruitcake out of a tube pan, it fell apart and she wanted the readers to know what she did to save the cake.

Social Services expands child care program

There are people to help, and if Moffat County Social Services can help more of them, then it will work to help more of them, Director Marie Peer said.

Thursday, December 13

Datebook for Dec. 13

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story time at the Moffat Counties Libraries Craig branch, 570 Green St., is on transportation.

Public taking notice of Craig's Most Wanted

One word, printed in big block letters, is stretched across the pictures of four fugitives once listed as some of Craig's Most Wanted criminals.

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Bulldogs prepare for home opener

Moffat County girls basketball team to play back-to-back games

Coach Craig Mortensen has his pregame ritual pretty much figured out after 28 years at the helm of the Moffat County High School girls basketball team.

EDP narrows in on new hire, future plans

At the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board table, goals are being pursued, said Scott Cook, EDP board chairman.

Craig briefs for Dec. 13

Holiday salute to military

The Craig Daily Press is looking for photos of those who have served in the military - currently or in the past - for a holiday salute to appear Christmas day in the paper.

MCTA director asks to leave

Flannery wants to be released from contract

Shelly Flannery requested the Moffat County Tourism Association board allow her to step down as executive director at a special meeting Wednesday morning.

Police blotter for Dec. 13

No reports.

Council: Your business is welcome

Councilors say they will not prevent new companies from opening in Craig

Early in Tuesday night's meeting, the Craig City Council asked the question, "Does Craig have enough liquor stores?"

Surveying perceptions

Parent survey shows areas of improvement, community concern

Moffat County High School band conductor John Bolton wants to spend time teaching students - not filling out paperwork.

Wednesday, December 12

Providing EMS to western Moffat County too costly for Rangely

The rising cost of doing business has not spared Rangely District Hospital's Emergency Medical Services.

Councilors say they will not prevent new businesses from opening in Craig

Early in Tuesday night's meeting, the Craig City Council asked the question, "Does Craig have enough liquor stores?"

Commission approves budget, reserves

After nearly six months of work, Moffat County's 2008 budget passed with nary a hiccup from the Moffat County Commission.

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Prather's Pick: Young woman struggles growing up in Amish country

This week's novel for adults begins in autumn and ends just before Christmas Day. The setting is Honeybrook, an Amish community. The central character of the novel is Nellie Mae Fisher, a 17-year-old daughter of Reuben and Besty Fisher.

The week in review for Bulldog sports

All told, a pretty good week in the Moffat County sports land. The Wrestling team beat up on the state of Utah, the Bulldog Hockey Club remains undefeated, Moffat County swimmers heated up the pool in Montrose and the boy's basketball team opened the season on the road.

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Puck Ewes take one on the chin

Craig women's hockey team finishes 1-2 in Utah

As the two-time defending champions of the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey, the Puck Ewes have been tearing through the local competition.

Josh Nichols: Looking for a few good teenage rebels

Teenagers in Moffat County, I challenge you to rebel.

Rotary Club prepares for fundraiser

Composed of 20 members, the Craig Rotary Club is a relatively small group, club president Randy Looper said.

Our View: Background noise

The question, on the heels of yet another fatal shooting in Colorado, was posed Monday afternoon by one of the editorial board members.

Police blotter for Dec. 10

Police blotter for Dec. 10

Craig briefs for Dec. 12

Fund created for woman's passing

Datebook for Dec. 12

Datebook for Dec. 12

Statistics don't tell the story

CSAP results overemphasized in public's eye, administrators say

On a snowy December morning, Moffat County School District Superintendent Pete Bergmann and Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan bend over a desk, scribbling notes and numbers on a flow chart.

Tuesday, December 11

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Unshaken

Christian leaders and government officials say no change in services after weekend shootings

Andrea Buzzell spent Monday morning on the phone with her college roommate, Brandy, a Youth With A Mission student in Colorado Springs. Brandy told Buzzell, a 22-year-old Craig resident, about being in the emergency room with her friend who was shot in both legs by a gunman who opened fire on a YWAM dormitory in Arvada early Sunday.

Bulldogs go down in season opener

Boys basketball team loses, 60-53

With a new regime in place, the Moffat County High School boys basketball team is gearing up for a season full of firsts.

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Moffat County sweeps through Utah

Bulldog wrestling team wins Union meet

The Moffat County wrestling team entered the season's first meet last weekend in Grand Junction as the No. 10 ranked team in the state.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 11

This year, I am trying to get my list of Christmas cards done by Christmas Eve. I'm about one-fourth done.

Police blotter for Dec. 11

Moffat County Jail Friday, Dec. 7

Craig briefs for Dec. 11

ILC to make presentation

Applying the heat

Fire management unit offers jobs to students

This summer, high school students may not only get a job. They also may start a career.

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Tightening the belt

Largest Loser competition introduces new rules

Rules for a local weight loss competition will tighten this spring to keep the losers winning.

Police look into found firearm

The Craig Police Department is preparing to use a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms database to search the serial number of a firearm found near Craig Swimming Pool Complex, on Washington Street.

Monday, December 10

Vocalists to perform new, traditional Christmas music

Singing in front of an audience is hard enough.

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CMS boys basketball team clinches title

Down 27-17 at the halfway point in its matchup with rival Steamboat Springs, the Craig Middle School boys basketball "A" team was in a precarious position.

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Bulldogs swim team places second in Montrose

The Moffat County swim team competed in the Montrose Invitational on Friday and Saturday, traveling through Mother Nature's wrath to come away with a second place finish in Montrose.

Winning streak at seven

Bulldog Hockey Club sweeps double-header

The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club continued its winning ways Saturday, sweeping visiting Kremmling in a double-header at the Moffat County Ice Arena.

Aging Well: Divided We Fail, together we can do anything

The health of Americans is at risk, not from new strains of flu but from the inability to pay the bill at the doctor's office, hospital or pharmacy.

Newspaper upgrades printing press

Work begins this week on a printing press expansion at the Steamboat Pilot & Today facility in Steamboat Springs. When complete, the revamped press will double the number of full-color pages available in the Craig Daily Press, Steamboat Pilot & Today and Steamboat Today.

Craig briefs for Dec. 10

'Just say no' coloring contest next month

The annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265 and Ladies Auxiliary "Just say no" coloring contest will take place Jan. 19 upstairs of the VFW restaurant, 419 E. Victory Way.

Health Watch: Don't let depression get you down

Susan heard the same comments over and over for many months. Phrases like "snap out of it," "What's wrong with you?" or the real stinger, "You have so much going for you. Stop feeling sorry for yourself."

Datebook for Dec. 10

9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Serendipity's. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

Business News and Notes for Dec. 10

Print Shop owner prepares to say goodbye

It's time to relax a little, Dennis Ovenden said.

Sunday, December 9

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Crash brings national issue into focus

On the morning of Nov. 26, Russ Blackhurst suffered serious injuries in a car crash near Milner. The driver who caused the accident, Teodora Diaz Simon, was killed. The accident and others like it are bringing home a debate raging at the national level: whether immigrants, regardless of their legal status, should be allowed to obtain a driver's license.

Saturday, December 8

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Forward and backward

Hope and despair mix after Country Mall fire

Although Sandra Kruczek might not be able to see how long the tunnel is, she can see light, and she's been given some candles.

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Storm Peak opens today

Snowfall allows summit access at Steamboat Ski Area

The Storm Peak Express chairlift opens today, giving Steamboat Ski Area top-to-bottom skiing for the first time this season.

Chuck Mack: Gloomy days are here; bring on the sunshine

What gloomy days we've been having.

Our view: The perfect storm

Pres and Patti Askew saw a need. Children needed something to do and a place to do it.

Police Blotter for Dec. 6

Wednesday, Dec. 5 Kenneth Edward Craig II, 22, of Craig,

Craig briefs for Dec. 8

Anglers make safety top priority

Due to unseasonably warm weather in November, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding anglers to make safety their top priority before venturing onto frozen lakes and reservoirs.

Datebook for Dec. 8

Today 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Winter Arts and Crafts Show is at the Centennial Mall.

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Still growing

Coach who couldn't read working on second master's degree

As you walk down the hallways of Ridgeview Elementary School, children no taller than your waist hustle about, chatting with friends on the way to their next class.

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Losing the 'greatest'

Attrition taking its toll on World War II veterans

Bill Harding, Moffat County Veterans Service officer, spent Friday morning lowering American flags in honor of the anniversary on the attack at Pearl Harbor.

A shred of decency

Company provides opportunity for Horizons, its clients

When Scott Fasken was little, he had a friend in the sixth grade who developed a brain disease.

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From goat ear tags to cupcakes

Ranch women's purses hold a bevy of items

I've always had fun teasing my sister-in-law, Florence Van Tassel, about her purse.

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A jellybean of a different color

Tolerance Group encourages acceptance through understanding

Hicks. Jocks. Preps. Goths. Carroll Moore, Moffat County High School counselor, has heard all the names. They are as varied as the bagged jellybeans she holds in her hands.

Friday, December 7

Craig woman given probation

Walker faced misdemeanors and felonies in 4 cases

Prosecutors and a Craig woman charged with a litany of criminal offenses finalized a plea agreement Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court.

White avoids primary clash

GOP leaders push Hasan to not challenge for state Senate seat

At the urging of state Republican leadership, Muhammad Ali Hasan of Eagle County will not challenge state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, in a primary for state Senate.

Bhutanese Buddhist figure to visit Steamboat

When His Holiness Lopen Ngawan Tenzin Rinpoche first came to Steamboat Springs in 2004, it was not only the first time he had come to the United States.

Moffat County Neighbor: Winifred Blackburn

Winifred Blackburn Age: 71 Occupation: Housewife

'This is our life vocation'

Church members reach out to local, international communities

This weekend, Penny Krump will be concerned with selling, not buying, gifts.

Elisa Shackelton: Feeling the wintertime blues?

Every year, I dread when the clocks move back, because it triggers feelings of sluggishness and lethargy, making it really difficult for me to get excited about the holidays, as well as concentrate at work. If you are experiencing similar feelings, you might suffer from the wintertime blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, which usually begins when the days start getting shorter and colder weather keeps us indoors more. People with SAD dread October because the clocks move back an hour and, in a single day, autumn twilight becomes dark night.

CDOT: Drive safely this holiday season

With many holiday parties in full swing throughout December, the Colorado Department of Transportation and statewide law enforcement agencies are reminding people to plan ahead when planning to drink alcohol or expect to face serious consequences.

Andy Bockelman: No cause to see 'Fred Claus'

The question is whether or not the Christmas comedy "Fred Claus" is a worthwhile Yuletide movie. The answer is a resounding "Ho ho no!"

Interviews set up for EDP specialist position next week

A piece of paper doesn't necessarily represent a person.

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John Vandelinder: Baseball's winter happenings

The World Series is long gone and sports fans are settling into football, basketball and hockey.

Craig briefs for Dec. 7

The Craig Daily Press purchased the Print Shop on Monday.

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'Living the dream'

Craig resident to compete in rodeo's 'Super Bowl'

More than $200,000 for less than 60 seconds of work.

Reaching everyone

Campaign developed to combat suicide problem

The sad fact is this: on average, 12 people in Moffat and Routt counties will commit suicide each year. Local prevention specialists contend that's 12 people higher than it should be.

Cindy Looper: Stop posturing, start working for solution

I am extremely disappointed with the discussions going on about the Visitor Center/Chamber funding.

Eugene and Ella Murphy: Thank you for helping celebrate anniversary

We wish to thank everyone who attended our 60th anniversary celebration and for the cards and gifts we received. We love all of you.

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Christina M. Currie: Bed bugs are the least of my worries

Seven-year-old Katie has a hard time focusing.

Datebook for Dec. 7

Today 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Claus will be at the Centennial Mall, sponsored by DECA.

Thursday, December 6

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Unbeaten streak at six games

Moffat County Bulldog hockey club shuts down Steamboat Springs, 4-1

The Moffat County Bulldog hockey club is streaking.

'Big shoes to fill'

Christmas for Kids, Seniors provide gifts for unfortunate

Christmas for Seniors, an organization providing gifts for senior citizens, began with a realization.

Bill Harding: Remembering Pearl Harbor

Friday marks 66th anniversary of sneak attack

Just a reminder that the United States flag should be flown be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Cathy Hamilton: Colonoscopy painful, but meds rock

I am lying on a gurney, waiting for anesthesia before my first colonoscopy. (Chalk this up as Humiliating Midlife Experience Number 37, Number 36 being last night's colonoscopy prep.)

Police Blotter for Dec. 4

Monday, Dec. 3 Wallace Brian Moore, 28, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig briefs for Dec. 6

Editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins Jan. 7, 2008.

Datebook for Dec. 6

Today 5 to 7 p.m. A Craig Chamber of Commerce business after-hours mixer takes place at T&H Napa Auto Parts, 400 Taylor St., which is sponsoring the event. The mixer will include food, drinks and door prizes.

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Crafting a tradition

Winter Arts and Craft Show a venue for merchants, nonprofits

From Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado's Front Range, people have come to a Craig event that gives merchants and nonprofit organizations an opportunity to make some extra cash, said Centennial Mall property manager Vicki Hall.

Many options come out at Visitor Center meeting

There was a Moffat County Tourism Association board member who said MCTA might have additional money for the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Winter Festival in the works

MCTA looking at large funding amount

Nicky Boulger, office manager and curator at the Wyman Museum, is making her idea happen.

Wednesday, December 5

Prosecutors plan to introduce confession

Preliminary hearing set in murder case

Prosecutor Kerry St. James told a Moffat County District Court judge Tuesday that he intends to introduce into evidence a confession allegedly given by a man who is accused of murdering his wife.

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School Board ponders video cameras in district schools

A school official is questioning a plan to install security cameras in Steamboat schools, citing authoritarian measures in George Orwell's classic novel "1984."

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Wrapping it up

Moffat County dance and cheer teams end season at state

When training camps for girls volleyball, boys soccer and the football teams began in August, the dance and cheer teams were right beside them, sweating it out in preparation for the upcoming season.

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John Vandelinder: The week in review for Bulldog sports

Finally, some action. After nearly a month-long sporting lull, the Moffat County winter sports scene is in full swing.

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'Amazing how much talent there is'

Local talent contest on Sunday at high school

Shocked might not be the right word for it. Surprised, according to Julie Dempster, would be more accurate.

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Keeping the streets clear of snow

It's snowing. With winter comes the need for snowplows to clear the streets.

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Diane Prather: See what Granny Torrelli is cooking up

If you were 12 years old and one day found yourself feeling mad at your buddy, your best pal for your whole life, you might want to talk things over with your grandma.

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Roof supports collapse at hangar

Airport board not pleased with untimely progress

Construction on a Moffat County Regional Airport hangar suffered a setback this weekend, and was already taking longer than expected, said Ray Beck, Airport Advisory Board chairman and Craig City Councilor.

Our view: 'Tis the season

Writer and humorist Dave Berry once made the following observation: "Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice."

Police Blotter for Dec. 2

Friday, Nov. 30 Michael Lawrence Clark, 41, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, compulsory insurance, violating registration provisions, and issuance of personalized license plates.

Craig briefs for Dec. 5

Sunshine laws forum Monday

A forum to discuss the Sunshine laws - open meetings - is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the Moffat County School District Administration building's boardroom.

Datebook for Dec. 5

Today 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.

'We're trying to help'

Youth Wellness Initiative begins campaign against underage drinking

Lori and Lennie Gillam, co-owners of Stockmen's Liquor in Craig, know some underage youths in Moffat County try to purchase liquor.

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'Incredible' and edible

Gingerbread house contest approaches, entries due Thursday

Craig residents have a chance to put their baking and decorating skills to the test, as the Downtown Business Association is scheduled to host its fourth annual gingerbread house contest Friday.

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Managing the boom

Study looks at potential consequences from fast-growing energy industry

For some, Colorado's energy industry may be too much of a good thing.

Tuesday, December 4

Sheriff Wall's case continued

Defense, prosecution say they still are investigating

The court case against Gary Wall was continued in Routt County Court this morning. Attorneys on both sides said they still are investigating the charges against the Routt County sheriff.

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Splicing gondola rope a painstaking process

Missouri family oversees work on haul cable; opening expected 'soon'

While most of Steamboat played in the snow during the weekend, a small crew of men labored through windblown sleet mixed with snow pellets and a chilly afternoon. They were working on the intricate task of splicing the massive new haul rope for the Steamboat Ski Area's gondola.

Ready to lead

Newly elected School Board members to focus on education quality, facility upgrades, construction

Newly elected Moffat County School Board officers Rod Durham, Andrea Camp and Trish Snyder said they are ready to lead the district through campus upgrades and construction while maintaining quality education.

Craig sports briefs for Dec. 4

Bulldog wrestlers place fourth at Fruita

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Bulldogs start season strong

Girls basketball team places second in Utah

Starting the season as the highest-ranked team in the Western Slope Conference - No. 5 in the state in 4A - while compiling a record of 27-1 in league play the past two seasons, Moffat County looked to an out of state tournament for some early season competition.

Wednesday deadline for caucus registration

If someone wants to participate in next year's election caucuses Feb. 5, they need to register with a political party by Wednesday.

El fuego ha sido 'Devastador'

Jefe de los bomberos cataloga infortunio como 'perdida total'

Craig -Vicky Kessler admite que cuando llegó a la escena del incendio que abrazara el edificio que fuera anteriormente el centro comercial "Country Mall" a eso de las 11:30 P.m. del domingo 25 de noviembre, llegó todavÃa esperanzada.

Margaret and Thompson: Why it pays to shop, do business in Craig

Heading to Denver on Thanksgiving morning, we had car trouble in Steamboat Springs. Not knowing what to do, we called J.B. Chapman.

William N. Lindsay, III: About GOP health care recommendations

About GOP health care recommendations

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 4

Depending on how a person feels about winter, I hear different comments about the snowfall.

Police blotter for Dec. 4

Moffat County Jail Thursday, Nov. 29

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Sober and Clean Clinic a first step

Jim Gregoire wanted to help more people with The Sober and Clean Clinic at Trapper Fitness Center.

'Little magic things'

Holiday Drive to benefit Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, other organizations

During the Holiday Drive hosted by 93.7 and 102.3 KRAI/55 Country last year, radio station owner Frank Hanel promised employees at Advocates-Crisis Support Services they would have a water heater for their new office within half an hour.

Monday, December 3

Twentymile offers free shuttles to employees

Miners who aren't fond of the drive out to Twentymile Coal Mine have reason to rejoice.

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Bulldogs shut down Telluride

Moffat County Hockey Club sweeps doubleheader 5-0, 9-0

The Moffat County Bulldog hockey club, a senior-laden team, is off to a torrid start in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League.

Aging Well: Easy gift ideas for older family and friends

Older relatives and friends can present the biggest challenge when it comes to buying gifts during the holidays. After all, most have downsized to smaller living spaces and typically don't need more "stuff."

Exercise is for everyone

You probably know someone who started running or biking - "just for exercise and weight loss" - and got hooked on the activity. As you see him bounding out of the driveway, leans as a greyhound, you think: "That's fine for him, but not for me."

Craig briefs for Dec. 3

Chamber seeking Visitor Center input

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn of Craig to answer questions and collect input as to the Chamber's role, as well as that of the city, county and Moffat County Tourism Association, and state and federal agencies, in operating the Moffat County Visitor Center. For more information, call Christina Currie at 824-5689.

Datebook for Dec. 3

Today 9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Serendipity's. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

Local man closes auto shop, will reopen on his terms

One Craig man feels he is being forced to cut his losses and start over.

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A firefighter born and bred

Capt. Dennis Jones a veteran who's seen it all

Capt. Dennis Jones, a Craig Fire/Rescue veteran, snapped off a quick description of the all-consuming blaze that destroyed the Country Mall a week ago in Craig.

Saturday, December 1

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Andy Bockelman: 'Emporium' enjoyable ride

Boasting an overabundance of oddities as well as one of the most peculiar titles of film history is "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium."

Creating a safety net for kids

Pres and Patti Askew named Man and Woman of the Year

Pres Askew had a plan.

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Lessons for life

Mass production class teaches practical skills

In Craig Conrad's opinion, Moffat County High School mass production teacher, school shouldn't teach just facts.

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'Give until you can't give no more'

Steve Ivers named Volunteer of the Year

Steve Ivers was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2006.

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Diane Prather: Serve up assorted cookies

'Tis the season for making cookies. There's no nicer gift than a pretty plate of assorted cookies.

County insured, set for winter after shop fire

It doesn't appear the County Shop fire on Saturday will financially affect Moffat County.

Our View: A pragmatic education

Moffat County is in, as it is called, the good times.

Police Blotter for Nov. 28

Wednesday, Nov. 28 John Paul Hargrave, 26, a transient, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of bond revocation.

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Youth of the year

Stewart Muldoon looks like a stero-typical high school student.

Chuck Mack: Trash becomes treasure

I have no idea how many Prince Albert tobacco cans I have used to hold worms when I was fishing, the tobacco tins made the best bait can in the world.

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4-H state showing impressive

Moffat County 4-H members made an impressive showing at the Colorado State Fair, held in Pueblo in August.

October real estate transactions

October real estate transactions

Bulldog basketball team beginning to gel

First-year Moffat County basketball coach Steve Maneotis began training camp two weeks ago with a full head of steam. He came into the season with change being at the forefront of his new regime.

Craig briefs for Dec. 1

Police: Con artists trying to scam residents

Craig residents continue to receive calls and correspondence related to fraudulent activity through the mail, the Craig Police Department reported Thursday.

Capt. Brett Williams: Thanks for donation of food for Figueroa family

I would like to take a moment to thank Mr. Jay Linderman, of the Three Forks Ranch in Savory, Wyo., for the generous donation of meat for the family of Angel Figueroa. Mr. Figueroa regretfully lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 131, south of Steamboat Springs, on Aug. 23.

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TLC Carpet One Floor & Tile named Business of the Year

December marks the 30th anniversary for TLC Carpet One Floor & Tile. Owners Jay and Dotty Oxley aren't planning anything spectacular in light of the feat. If history dictates anything, they'll probably still be working on something.

Datebook for Dec. 1

Datebook for Dec. 1