Stories for January 2007


Wednesday, January 31

Petition proposes deer hunt in city

Craig resident Gail Severson got 119 signatures on the petition she circulated proposing deer population control in the fall of 2006.

Another green light for TMH

Analyst confirms $20M assessment

There was very little suspense to the conference call George Rohrich, chief executive officer of The Memorial Hospital in Craig, shared with the hospital's financial analyst on Wednesday.

Help for the homeless

Action group meeting draws large crowd of organizations, individuals ready to assist

At a standing room-only meeting Wednesday morning, Homeless Youth Action Group leaders got the type of response they expected from the community.

The Daily Press gets funny

Color comics added to Saturday Morning Press

Looking for some laughter? Look no further than this week's Saturday Morning Press, where four pages of broadsheet color comics will make their appearance.

Hearings scheduled for suspects

Three suspects arrested last year by the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team and accused of drug-distribution charges appeared in court Tuesday.

Fred Siebott

A funeral service for Fred Siebott will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

On the Record for Jan. 30

On the Record for Jan. 30.

John Anderson: Section well-intentioned but has opposite effect

I am certain that the Craig Daily Press and those writing letters in favor of it are all well meaning. But doing this, I believe, actually has the opposite effect.

Lace 'em up

Touring basketball show Harlem Ambassadors to play in Craig

The Harlem Ambassadors, a touring basketball show similar to the Globetrotters, will play against a team of local residents next month as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

John Bauer: Democratic majority

The congressional Democratic majority is on the right track with their list of goals. It would embrace the esteem of Republican leaders, and others, to get on board, instead of trying to dilute basic or minimum wage legislation with attachments.

TMH board delays approving 2007 objectives

Administrators from The Memorial Hospital in Craig have a lofty -- and lengthy -- list of goals they'd like the hospital's board of trustees to consider.

Bob Grubb: Seeking donations from the needy

An ill wind was blowing outside my cave, and it blew in a letter by the Visiting Nurse Association, begging its senior wellness clients for money to meet its budget.

Julie Dempster: Keep words in mind when discussing Mexico

In the conversation regarding the Spanish pages in the Craig Daily Press, there are some words that I feel need to be kept in mind.

Elks Club Veteran Volunteer of the Year nomination

Local Elks Club 1577 has nominated Bill Frye for Elks Club Veteran Volunteer of the Year for 2007 for his 20-plus years of service to Moffat County vets, and for all his prime rib cooking for Veterans Day and special dinners.

Craig woman in critical condition after two-vehicle accident

Officials from The Memorial Hospital said a Craig woman was in critical condition Wednesday after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Colorado Highway 40 and Moffat County Road 212.

Speech team seeks tourney judges

Area briefs for Feb. 1

The Moffat County High School Speech and Debate Team seeks judges for the district tournament it will host later this month.

Hoops 101

Girls basketball team re-focuses after rare league loss to Glenwood Springs

A Western Slope League loss has been so rare for the Moffat County girls basketball team that Friday night, after a 63-62 loss to Glenwood Springs, the Bulldogs might have questioned if the sun would come up the next day.

Audrey Daley

Audrey Daley of Craig died Wednesday at her home. Services are pending.

Tuesday, January 30

On the Record for Jan. 29

On the Record for Jan. 29

Tri-State proposes upgrade

Environmental group opposes more coal burning

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has applied to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for a permit to burn more coal at the Craig Station.

Continuing to serve

Moffat County Housing Authority lists achievements of 2006 in annual report

Beverly Higgins has seen many improvements during her seven years at Sunset Meadows II. Most recently, she was appreciative of receiving new sinks and countertops in her home.

Jennie L. Scott

Jennie L. Scott passed away at her home near Craig on January 22, 2007.

Mary Wursten Cook

Mary Wursten Cook was born Dec. 18, 1920, in Logan, Utah, to Herman and Lena (Hofler) Cook. She was raised and attended school in Logan.

George Fowler

George Fowler, of Craig, died Monday at his winter home in Bouse, Ariz. At his request, no services will take place.

Helen G. Langan

Helen G. Langan, a long-time resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away Jan. 27, 2007, at her home in Steamboat Springs.

Morgan Avery and Chloe Andrea Hoffman

Bethany and Barry Hoffman, of Milner, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Morgan Avery and Chloe Andrea Hoffman, at 1:07 and 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

TMH seeks financial answer

Officials hope to confirm new facility analysis during meeting

Administrators from The Memorial Hospital in Craig expect to verify today the findings of an initial financial analysis indicating TMH could borrow $20 million for a proposed new facility.

Frederick W. Siebott

Frederick W. Siebott, of Craig, died Tuesday at Sandrock Ridge Care Center. Funeral services are pending.

Our View: Making sense of it all

With this being a pivotal time for the county, it's time to re-evaluate the need for a trained professional

Bulldogs hockey 2-2 on southern trip

The Moffat County Bulldog club hockey team traveled south during the weekend to play doubleheader league games against two of the southern division top teams, Telluride and the Gunnison varsity team.

Girls take fourth at swim meet

Coach: Girls who will compete in regionals expected to start tapering this week

Going into Saturday's meet with tired arms, the Moffat County High School girls swim team took fourth at the Grand Junction swim meet.

Kay Theos

Longtime Meeker resident Kay Theos, 86, died Jan. 29, 2006, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing.

City gets grant for water plant

A recent $15 million initiative offered by the Department of Local Affairs for the improvement of water and wastewater facilities in counties impacted by energy exploration has resulted in a $500,000 grant for the city of Craig.

Monday, January 29

On the Record for Jan. 25 to Jan. 28

On the Record for Jan. 25 to Jan. 28

Leave Spanish section on its own

Speak Up

As I was reading the "Speak Up" section, which I like, I was thinking, why don't you put the Spanish section by itself, so people who don't want to read it leave it. Save some paper for yourself. Save a tree or two.

Searching for workers

County unemployment down, worker numbers up in 2006

It's Monday morning in Craig, and John Olney with the Teamsters Union is talking with drivers hauling pipe from the Craig railhead to a destination in Jenson, Utah.

Suspects nabbed by GRAMNET appear in court

Three suspects arrested last year by the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team and charged with narcotic-related offenses appeared Monday in 14th Judicial District Court.

Bulldog wrestlers wrangle Cowboys

Moffat County wins county dual, 41-27

Despite wrestling shorthanded because of some illnesses, the Moffat County High School wresting team beat Meeker, 41-27, on Saturday in a county match-up.

Howle named to Dean's list

Kelly Minor Howle of Craig was named to the University of Idaho 2006 Dean's List.

'One fatality is too many'

Proactive approach fuels across-the-board drops for state patrol

Fatal and injury accidents -- two categories troopers say the Colorado State Patrol pays the most attention to -- decreased sharply last year in district 4B, an area that includes Moffat County.

Christopher Andrew Antonopoulos

Brooke and Christopher Antonopoulos, of Grand Junction announce the birth of their son, Christopher Andrew Antonopoulos, at 12:47 a.m. Jan. 17, 2007, at Saint Mary's Hospital, in Grand Junction.

County granted unexpected DOLA funding

Moffat County commissioners received a letter last week from the Department of Local Affairs approving $1.5 million to be used for repair to county roads.

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 30

Here I am again. Hard pneumonia this time.

Do you have a romantic story?

News briefs for Jan. 30

Do you have a great love story? How you met? How you've stayed together? A special date? Send a brief story (150 word limit) to the Craig Daily Press about your romantic tale as we count down to Valentine's Day.

Melvin Joseph Brower

Melvin Joseph Brower, 81, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Sandrock Care Center in Craig.

Chain reaction

Family friend of Columbine victim asks students to spread kindness in school, community

Rachel Scott predicted her death. In May 1998, she wrote in her journal, "This will be my last year, Lord. I've gotten what I can. Thank you."

Sunday, January 28

Rifle Bears down Moffat County Bulldogs

Led by a three-guard attack, the Rifle Bears raced out to a 20-4 first quarter lead and never looked back in a Saturday night win against Moffat County High School on the Bulldogs' home floor.

A desire for solitude

County worker enjoys life on the roads

There are still places in Northwest Colorado where a man can lose himself.

Welcome to Colorado

When tourists drive into Colorado for information at the Colorado Welcome Center in Dinosaur, they are gathering travel tips in one of the state's busiest centers.

'Be Bold' nominations sought

The Women's Foundation of Colorado, or WFCO, is seeking nominations to honor 20 Colorado women leaders with the 20th Anniversary "Be Bold" Awards.

Datebook for Jan. 29

'We're in the driver's seat now'

Bulldogs take hold of first in Western Slope after 65-55 win against Rifle

Paced by the play of Markie Workman and Angela Charchalis, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team was too much for the feisty Rifle Bears on Saturday night.

TMH CEO earns fellow status

George Rohrich, chief executive officer of The Memorial Hospital, was recently awarded fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, known as ACHE, the hospital released last week.

Is radon lurking under your home?

Radon has been lurking in the ground for centuries, but only recently has it been recognized as an environmental danger.

Friday, January 26

Ronin Patrick Miller

Jan. 24, 2007

Jon and Candace Miller, of Northglenn, announce the birth of their son, Ronin Patrick Miller, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2007, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton.

Brock Wyatt Barton

Jan. 9, 2007

Joe and Jaime Barton of Grand Junction, formerly of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Brock Wyatt Barton, at 11:29 a.m. Jan. 9, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.


Jan. 3 2007

Bob Turner and Ginger Dunckley were married in Lake Tahoe at the Chapel of the Bells on Jan. 3, 2007.

A messy clean-up

CDOT means of clearing snow met with curiosity

Three months of snow will make a mess, as those driving through Craig have seen. The Colorado Department of Transportation tried a different tactic to clean it up Thursday, which was met with a few arched eyebrows.

Bryce Jacobson: Ready for the boom? Get involved

Whenever I start talking about Craig being in the cusp of an economic boom, half of my staff looks at me like I have lost my mind, which is a look I often receive here at the paper.

Ailing Bulldog wrestlers win double dual

Team pulls off win after admitting, 'we wrestled tired'


At the turn of the century

Photographs document founding of Craig Girls' Tennis club by woman, girls from town

Near the turn of the nineteenth century, social clubs were sweeping America and the effects were felt even in remote areas of the country. A woman who spent the summer of 1899 in Craig had an influence on a number of the girls in town, and together they formed the Craig Girl's Tennis club.


Oct. 21, 2006

Katy and Nick Lamach were married Oct. 21, 2006, at the Historic Crags Lodge in Estes Park.

Rileys carry Demon boys over Bulldogs

The Riley brothers combined for 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Glenwood Springs boys downed Moffat County, 73-49, on Friday night.

Briefs for Jan. 27

At the Craig Chamber of Commerce's Wake-Up Craig breakfast Thursday, the organization named Frank and Tammie Hanel, owners of KRAI, the quarterly Sunshine Award winners.

Education roundup for 1-27

Knowledge Bowl team takes third at state; Craig woman gets business scholarship; CIS names January Citizens of the Month

Bulldogs lose first league game

As the shot bounced off the bottom of the rim and the buzzer sounded, all of the Demons' arms shot into the air. So did all arms of the Glenwood fans.

Just in case

When situations turn dangerous, Special Response Team is ready

It's pitch black inside the second floor classroom, and only the ticking of a wall clock interrupts the dead silence.

Jennifer Riley: Spanish pages not for illegal immigrants

Dear Editor, I would like to applaud the Craig Daily Press for recently printing two letters to the editor criticizing the paper's publication of a Spanish section.

Our View: Club commendation

Political group Club 20 should be lauded for showdown with governor

On a sunny August day, underneath a clear blue sky, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter addressed a group of Craig residents at Breeze Street Park. Burdened by criticisms that he was out of touch with issues beyond Denver, Ritter issued his "Colorado Promise."

On the Record for Jan. 27

On the Record for Jan. 27, 2007

Linda Jean Valenzuela


Linda Jean Valenzuela was born on Dec. 20, 1951, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Francisco Leon and Violet (Chinn) Valenzuela.

Throwing out options

School board to move forward on facilities improvement question

The Moffat County School District board decided Thursday evening to move forward with an architecture and construction firm, which is recommending $36 million in facilities improvements.

Carolyn Haslam: The news belongs to all, Spanish, English

I must respond to those who would deny our Spanish speaking friends and neighbors access to local news.

Stabilizing agriculture

Farm Service Agency aids farmers in need

Moffat County farmers and ranchers had a difficult 2006. Portions of the county suffered a 50 to 100 percent loss of grazing pastures due to drought, some wheat production was cut as low as 2 bushels per acre, and a fire consumed approximately 12,000 acres of crops and grazing land.

Powered up

In second semester, CNCC's power plant technology program going well

For Sacha Weis, enrolling in Colorado Northwestern Community College's power plant technology program was a career move, as well as a personal one.

Homeless in Craig

School officials say it's a problem, and are stepping in

Throwaway. That's the term used to describe a dozen Craig youths who were kicked out of their homes and are now considered homeless.

Sandra F. Beran: Spanish pages gesture of Western hospitality

I wanted to take a moment to thank the Craig Daily Press for printing our community's news in English and once a week in Spanish.

Thursday, January 25

Weekend wrap: Activities fill Saturday's schedule

The Craig Rotary Club's annual fundraising event, Diamonds & Spurs, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Trial dates set for shootout suspects

Trial dates have been scheduled against six Craig suspects accused of robbing a bar and trading gunfire with police last year in Casper, Wyo., court officials said.

A week without children

I'm nearing the conclusion of a child-free week and my emotions are all jumbled.

Ada McArthur: Continue the Spanish pages in Daily Press

When the Spanish pages were first printed in our local newspaper, the Craig Daily Press, I was delighted to realize that I lived in a community of compassionate, helpful business people. I cannot understand anyone begrudging this learning tool for those who wish to learn another language -- English to Spanish or Spanish to English.

Kerry Alonso: Daily Press deserves applause for Spanish

Okay, now I have just about heard all that I can stand regarding the Daily Press and the Spanish language pages in the paper.

Klayton Maverick Baker

Erica and Destry Baker, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Klayton Maverick Baker, at 11:32 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Andrea Minor: Humane Society offers special thanks

The Moffat County Humane Society would like to offer a special thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their support during the holiday season:

Battling for the top

Bulldogs face top two competitors for league champs

Their last showdown was a heart-stopper.

Moffat County Neighbor: Luke Terrill

Ava Ryann Bertram

Alice and Billy Bertram, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Ryann Bertram, at 9:51 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.

Datebook for Jan. 26

Sari Maneotis

Sari Maneotis made the 2006 fall Dean's List at Colorado State University, earning a 4.0 grade point average for the third semester in a row. She has been taking pre-med classes, and plans on taking the Medical College Admission Test in the spring.

Elk surviving close to town

Winter conditions have caused Northwest Colorado elk herds to migrate closer to Craig than in seasons past, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials said.

Gabriel Ottone Albanese

Denise and Phillip Albanese, of Craig, announced the birth of their son, Gabriel Ottone Albanese, at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at The Memorial Hospital.

Briefs for Jan. 26

Chocolatiers wanted for walk

Do family and friends rave about your chocolate cookies, candies, cakes or hot chocolate? Consider participating in Craig's first Chocolate Walk, held Feb. 10 in conjunction with the Art Walk.

Skiing in the valley

Craig residents take advantage of heavy snow by cross-country skiing

A one-time installment of $15 and a trip to a garage sale is all it took for Brenda McKey to stay fit cross-country skiing.

Extension Connection: How to make sure your bread is a winner

Recently, magazine articles have revived interest in sourdough-type starters used to make various kinds of breads and cake-like breads.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Sweet treat made of Saltines

This week, I had a call from Heidi Balaraman, who lives in Colorado Springs. She's going to share a recipe, or recipes, with us soon.

The Record for Jan. 26

Community concern

Group seeks collaboration to solve housing needs

Finding suitable, affordable residences in Moffat County for low-income residents is difficult, said Evelyn Tileston, director of the Independent Life Center. In fact, she said, finding adequate housing for any demographic is hard.

Wednesday, January 24

Sweet Adelines to present 'Hallelujahs in Harmony'

The Sweet Adelines will present the upcoming performance, "Hallelujahs in Harmony," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Moffat County High School. The performance will include soloists, duets, trios, quartets and choirs from churches in the Yampa Valley.

Fighting their Demons

Boys basketball team takes a second shot at Glenwood Springs

The Moffat County boys basketball team stuck with Gleenwood Springs for a half during its last showing. This time, Bulldog coach Scott Parker wants his team to play with the Demons until the final buzzer.

The Record for Jan. 25

Veterans Hotline: Property tax

Referendum E, which passed overwhelming in November, went into law Jan. 1.

Tracy Shaffer: The choices we make

How do we decide on one thing when we have so many choices?

Advocates-Crisis Support Services: Thanks to all involved in bowling fundraiser

The staff and volunteers of the Advocates Crisis Support Services would like to say 'thank you' to all those who participated in the bowling fundraiser. We would also like to thank Ed Veronda for organizing this fundraiser. Advocates-Crisis Support Services is an organization that works with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and victims of other crimes and trauma. Through the very generous donations of money, we will be able to continue to assist our clients.

Allen J. Hischke: A sorry shame that paper prints in Spanish

I just finished reading the letter from William G. and Ruth M. Thompson, published Jan. 20. And I must applaud these people for standing up as they did. They are exactly correct in every statement they made. If memory serves me correctly, this was not the first letter condemning the Craig Daily Press for printing pages in an alternate language.

LaVeta A. Winslow

LaVeta Annette Winslow, 90, formerly of Craig, passed away Dec. 18, 2006, at Family Health West in Fruita after a short illness.

Jennie Scott

A memorial service for Jennie Scott will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grant mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice or Museum of Northwest Colorado in care of Grant Mortuary.

Briefs for Jan. 25

Program seeks sponsors

The Colorado Department of Education is seeking sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program. The program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to ensure that low-income children have nutritious meals during the summer months when school lunch and breakfast programs are not operating.

'A good place to be'

11-year-old Stock Show winner says ranch life is the life for him

Kelly McLaughlin thinks hard work is satisfaction enough. It's a value she's passing down to her sons, Darren McLaughlin, 11, and Dustin McLaughlin, 4.

Local gas prices up compared to averages

A 16 percent reduction in crude oil prices continues to lessen the statewide average cost for a gallon of unleaded gasoline, AAA of Colorado reported Wednesday.

Alla N. Brown

Alla Nell Brown was born in Seminoe County, Okla., near Tulsa on March 27, 1915. She passed away in 2007.

Club director to step down

Jonathan Godes to pursue other interests

Jonathan Godes, the first executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, will resign his post effective March 1.

Datebook for Jan. 25

Tuesday, January 23

Briefs for Jan. 24

Andean Show makes stop in Craig

The next concert of the season for the Craig Concert Association's 2006-07 features Alborada -- The Batista Family Andean Show.

Habitat eyes next project

Board of directors adopts 'ambitious' set of goals for 2007

With its first project home at 745 Yampa Ave. nearing completion, Moffat County Habitat for Humanity is already eyeing its next home-building effort.

The Record for Jan. 24

Elijan Kimber Harris

Jessica and Ryan Harris, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Elijan Kimber Harris, at 4:34 p.m. Jan. 19, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. The baby weighed 7.6 pounds and measured 19 inches long.

Closing the gap

Bulldog wrestling coach says team needs to improve in tight matches

Of the four dual matches the Moffat County High School wrestling team competed in Saturday at the Rifle Tournament, the majority of Bulldog coach Roman Gutierrez's comments were on the lone match MCHS lost.

Weather on minds of City Council members

Ordinance passed prohibiting moving snow into public areas

Recent heavy snowfalls made their way into Tuesday night's Craig City Council meeting as members voted to pass an emergency ordinance prohibiting moving snow into public areas.

Diane Prather: 'Moose Brushing His Teeth' a hilarious book with delightful rhyme

February is National Dental Month, and I found a hilarious picture book that's just right for the occasion.

Our View: Blame it on the immigrants?

Blame it on the immigrants. Not all immigrants mind you, just those who only speak Spanish and are saturating our country. They're to blame for America's problems, right? Wrong, the editorial board contends.

Miken James Madrid

Sherry Welch and Manuel Madrid, of Craig, announced the birth of their son, Miken James Madrid, at 5:02 p.m. Jan. 17, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Writing 101

Children's book author teaches students the basics of publishing

Helen Lester's writing career had a rocky start.

Commissioners discuss severance taxes

Moffat County Commissioners expressed concerns about recent interest in raising severance taxes on minerals mined in Colorado during their Tuesday meeting.

Datebook for Jan. 24

Mary Edgar

Mary Edgar, of Phippsburg, died Monday at the Doak Walker Care Center. Services are pending.

Jennie Scott

Jennie Scott, of Craig, died Monday at her home. Services are pending.

Monday, January 22

Bulldogs net win, tie against rival

The Moffat County Bulldog club hockey team earned a win and a tie in two games against division rival Oak Creek on Friday night.

From the Family of Ted Moralez: Moralez family thanks community for support

The family of Ted Moralez would like to take this time to thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness during this difficult time.

Speak Up: We must stop us-against-them mentality

I recently received the Craig Daily Press in the mail and I was astounded and rather insulted as a human being by the letter from the couple from California complaining about the two full pages of the paper printed in Spanish.

County commission to make TMH board appointments

Several area residents are vying for a seat on The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, including two incumbents seeking an additional term that would extend their tenure until 2012.

Ritter taps Western Slope man for cabinet

Club 20 praises CDOT appointment

Club 20, an area political group, praised Gov. Bill Ritter's lone Western Slope cabinet appointment on Wednesday, calling the selection a "tremendous" addition to the new governor's administration.

Stocking up

Jerica DeLong wins market lamb class at National Western Stock Show

Don't mess with Jerica DeLong. After months of preparing for livestock shows, she's all business. Just before she steps in the arena, "I tell my lamb he better work or I'll kick his butt."

Sunday, January 21

Obit: Jack R. Frost

A memorial service for Jack R. Frost, former Craig resident, will be held at Calvary Baptist Church Chapel, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, at the corner of Hampden and Monaco at 1 p.m. Jan. 27.

Birth: Jonah Michael Jenison

Justin and Courtney Jenison, of Craig, announced the birth of a son, Jonah Michael Jenison, at 11:23 p.m. Dec. 18, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for 1-19 and 1-20

The Record for Jan. 19 and Jan. 20

Sylvester Schaefer

Sylvester Schaefer, 87, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Jan. 20, 2007, at his home.

Craig Veterinary Hospital welcomes new vet

Craig Veterinary Hospital has a new face.

Championship chase

Long-time coach has MCHS poised for a deep post-season run

A little of Dean Smith's run-and-jump defense here, some Bobby Knight motion offense there, a dose of Jerry Tarkanian's player rapport and, for good measure, some of the overall philosophy from "The Wizard of Westwood" himself, John Wooden.

Cruising with the home crowd

MCHS defeats Aspen in only girls' home meet of the year

Junior Kelsey Conci didn't expect to take first in four events Saturday, and with a huge home crowd rallying behind her, the wins were that much sweeter.

Ambitious agenda

Gov. Ritter outlines energy, education, health care goals

The agenda is in place, but is the money?

Shooting cold ... and in the dark

Jim Nelson likes to shoot his shotgun.

Area news briefs for Jan. 23

Yampa River State Park, two miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40, is having a Full Moon Ski and Skate Open House from 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3.

Obit: Alla N. Brown

A funeral service for Alla N. Brown of Craig will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Ridgeview Church of God.

Friday, January 19

Epidemic proportions

Support group to resume meeting due to increased suicide rate

After a six-month hiatus, Heartbeat suicide survivor support group will begin meeting again next week. It's a move motivated by at least eight suicides in Moffat County during the last year.

Legislative trip 'very productive,' Club 20 says

Western Slope political organization Club 20 capped off what club members described as a "very successful and productive" legislative trip to the state Capitol on Friday.

Briefs for Jan. 20

Letters: Todd Jourgensen

I have been following the case against Dustin Lund of Morrison who is responsible for the death of Michael Bailey.

CNCC plans fall industrial electrician program

Colorado Northwestern Com�--munity College officials hope to continue training students for high-demand positions by launching an industrial electrician program in August.

Fire department reviews 2006

The most dangerous time of day for drivers to negotiate Craig's city streets is at 5 p.m. The safest time is 3 a.m.

Snuffing the rally

Third-quarter press squares away victory for Bulldog girls

Blocked shots and in-your-face defense is how the Moffat County Bulldogs answered a second quarter rally from Battle Mountain on Friday night.


Bulldog boys use inside game to gain lead, outside game to seal 81-60 win

Logic dictates it's easier to score closer to the basketball hoop than it is from far away.

Letters: William G. and Ruth M. Thompson

We were recently in Craig visiting with our daughters and their families for Christmas.

Gambling with Mother Nature

Sheep ranchers take different approaches to dealing with winter weather

As each winter approaches, sheep ranchers in Moffat County place a series of bets.

Snocross coming to Hayden

Races begin at 10 a.m. today at speedway

Patrons of the Hayden Speedway have seen sprint cars and they've seen stock cars. Today, they'll see snocross, beginning at 10 a.m.

Ripples in the pond

The stories in the newspaper, grouped together on Page 1, would make any parent cringe, and could lead some to believe that society's moral fabric is collapsing.

Thursday, January 18

Target therapy

Medical advancements fueling decline in cancer deaths

Ten years ago, a cancer diagnosis spelled doom for patients, said Donalene Griffin, president of the Moffat County Cancer Society.

Keeping tabs on White River flooding

Meeker city officials and American Red Cross volunteers were on standby Thursday, waiting to respond in case a winter flood caused more town residents to evacuate.

Poets who know it

Craig a 'hot bed' of poetry enthusiasts

For poets who love small towns, Craig is the place to be.

Wednesday, January 17

EDP announces counseling service

Aspiring entrepreneurs in Craig will soon have another resource to use before launching small businesses.

Political group proposes candidates

Club 20 lobbies for Western representation

Area political group Club 20 made another pitch to Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday, lobbying for the appointment of a Western Slope candidate to the new governor's cabinet.

Deputy sheriffs stay mobile

The No. 1 priority when it comes to vehicles at the Moffat County Sheriff's Office is providing a law-enforcement presence at the scene in a timely manner, said Sheriff Tim Jantz.

Making money decisions

Students practice interviewing, grant giving skills

Practice makes perfect.

The final lap

Last home meet for senior swimmers

Saturday's meet against Aspen is the Moffat County High School swim team's lone home contest of the season.

Tuesday, January 16

New library board has first meeting

Monday's meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees had a different look as newly appointed board members Diana Cook, Kathey Ogle and Jennifer Riley took seats for the first time.

Dylan Patrick Phillips

On the record for Jan. 17

Our view: Lowdown on the library

Some of the Moffat County Libraries' board of directors questioned problems regarding Internet usage at the library branches in Moffat County until reading about it in the Daily Press on Monday.

Mark Scott Jurgensen

MCTA makes effort to better show money flow

Better understanding and transparency. Those were the reasons the Moffat County Tourism Association Board of Directors approved a motion at Tuesday's meeting to change how purchases would be done through the group, as well as how it will present financial information.

Gracie Kay Cox

Briefs for Jan. 17

Tickets for Diamonds and Spurs, a Rotary of Craig fundraiser, will be sold through Jan. 26. No tickets will be sold at the event.

'Listen Buddy' is a must read

Two weeks ago this column reviewed "Author: A True Story," a picture book for children. It's Helen Lester's story about her writing career -- mistakes and all -- that began when she was 3 years old.

December real-estate transactions

Wrestlers host Delta Thursday

Team coming off strong showing at Las Vegas tourney

After his team's dominating performance during the weekend at the Las Vegas Tournament, wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez said he's pleased with where his Moffat County wrestlers are at.

Saben Charles Jones

Datebook for Jan. 17

Buses closer to home

Park-and-Ride facility moves a step toward reality

The collaboration between Craig and Steamboat Springs to find a home for the buses running daily routes between the two towns cleared another hurdle.

Monday, January 15

Thanks to Craig fire, police departments

We would like to express our appreciation to the Craig Fire Department and the Craig Police Department. Because of their quick response we still have our home.

Bulldogs net another victory

Club hockey team defeats Uintah Utes

After coming off a weekend full of hockey with four games in three days, the Moffat County Bulldog club hockey team hosted two more games Monday against an old friend and rival, the Uintah Utes from Vernal, Utah.

Group plans return to New Orleans

Church members to help Hurricane Katrina victims again

For the second time, members of the Hayden Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will spend their vacation in New Orleans helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Step up or step aside

Many of the recent letters to the editor have focused on the injustice surrounding several cases handled through the local District Attorney's office. This letter is no different.

Police compiling survey data

Responses will help shape 2007 goals

For the first time in five years, the Craig Police Department issued a survey to gauge public opinion on issues ranging from safety to crime prevention.

Jack R. Frost

Sunday, January 14

A Library's fine line on Web use

Moffat County libraries adjust for Internet access

The staff at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries has been facing an increasingly belligerent number of clients, upset by blocked access to Web sites and rules governing computer use.

Family gives thanks to hospital staff

We would like to thank the Craig clinic staff, Dr. Miller, Dr. Kindra, The Memorial Hospital staff, and G & G Medical for helping us take care of Bill before he passed away.

Four Bulldogs take down Vegas titles

MCHS wrestlers win dual meet, take 2nd

Nine Moffat County High School wrestlers made it to the title match at Saturday's Las Vegas Tournament.

On the Record for Jan. 16

'We needed this win'

Bulldogs blow out Gunnison Blades in doubleheader

To hear Moffat County hockey coach Darin Hickey say it, Sunday's two home blowout wins against the Gunnison junior varsity squad were much needed.

Slim to none

City Council running empty on candidates

Craig City Manager Jim Ferree has noticed something unusual in the candidates running for city council seats in the upcoming municipal elections. "There are none," he said.

Winter wake-up call

At 7 a.m. the calls began coming in. "'My car won't start,' is the main thing they were calling about," Chapman's Automotive receptionist Jeanette Rollins said.

Snows of winters past

The weekend storm that gripped the Yampa Valley for more than 24 hours may have seemed like a large amount of snow to the untrained eye.

Datebook for Jan. 16

Accepting the challenge

Students to hear from Columbine victim's family

Cassie Rogers was in the third grade when two Columbine High School students took their peers hostage, killing classmates and then themselves.

Briefs for Jan. 16

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its monthly after-hours mixer and quarterly Wake Up Craig breakfast.

Friday, January 12

Debra Bird

Briefs for Jan. 13

Clear way for letter carriers

With the recent severe snow storms, the U.S. Postal Service is reminding all postal customers, businesses, home owners associations and apartment complexes to clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

The Record for Jan. 13

Calendar conundrum

It's a question that, at first glance, appears inconsequential.

Education Roundup for Jan. 13

Online game teaches emergency response

The National Fire Protection Association launched its Sparky the Fire Dog game this week to help children learn emergency preparedness.

A win guaranteed

Bulldogs make good on Hertzog's vow, beat Palisade, 81-79

Evan Hertzog began pumping his fists after nailing a 3-pointer with seconds remaining in the third quarter at Friday night's home game.

Chuck Mack: The water in Muddy Creek isn't the only thing that wet, part 2

The rock house built for George Harris was more like a mansion than a coal camp house.

'Behind the times'

Colorado receives mixed reviews in tobacco report

Colorado received high marks for funding anti-smoking efforts and legislating smoke-free air, but needs to do better at limiting youth access to tobacco products, according to a recent report.

Sexual assault responders trained

The Moffat County Sexual Assault Response Team again recruited Alaska's best to train local enforcement officers, medical personnel and victim services staff on sexual assault investigations.

Local, state traffic fatalities decreasing

Following a statewide trend, traffic fatalities in the five-county area have decreased by 27 percent in 2006, according to the Colorado State Patrol division for this district.

Roping with friends

Rodeo sport requires much practice and teamwork

When it comes to the rodeo sport of team roping, Bud Graham knows he's unique.

When diamonds get 'RUF'

"Blood Diamond" is a gut-wrenching and thoroughly believable film about the exploitations of the natives of an African nation.

Answered prayers

Pankey family leans on faith through father's cancer

They were crammed in the back of a speeding ambulance, rushing Cherratina Pankey's husband, Don, to the hospital. As it raced from her Craig home toward The Memorial Hospital, a paramedic leaned in and asked: "Can I do anything for you?"

How good it is

MCHS girls dominate Palisade, 71-27

How lopsided was Friday night's 71-27 home win against Palisade for the Moffat County girls basketball team?

Logging on to a new curriculum

Dinosaur school adjusting well after first semester as online learning center

Tyler McKay was not happy at school in Rangely.

Maureene Miller

A funeral service for Maureene Miller, of Craig, formerly of Hayden, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, at Grant Mortury. Interment will be in the Craig Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for Jan. 13

Government Update for Jan. 13

Thursday, January 11

Car Care Clinic openings available

The original idea entailed helping single mothers and soon expanded to include senior citizens. On Saturday, it will open up again.

On the Record for Jan. 11

On the Record for Jan. 11

John Graler

Funeral services for John Graler, of Craig, will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Grant Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to a trust fund for the Graler children at First National Bank of the Rockies, 600 Yampa Ave. or Campassion International in care of Grant Mortuary.

Pete Nakos 'Tyke' Georgiou

Pete Nakos Georgiou, known as "Tyke," was born Nov. 18, 1988, and died Dec. 29, 2006.

Western Slope: Head Start thanks everyone for donations

The families and staff of the Craig Head Start Preschool thank everyone for their generous donations for the month of December 2006. We all wish you a safe and beautiful New Year.

Kathy Oberwitte: Is the District Attorney office doing its job?

I find it of great interest that our District Attorney's office is insistent on pressing reckless endangerment charges on my nephew Jordan Bailey for a crime he didn't commit.

It's all about working with people

New pastor comes to Craig Church of Christ from Texas and California

Patrick McCary has got some plans for the small, cozy church on Green Street.

Having a ball

Racquetball growing in popularity as fun way to stay fit in Craig

Nineteen years ago, Steve Hafey and Danny Lowe were just looking for a fun way to stay fit. Enter Trapper Health Club. They looked no further. They found racquetball. And it had it all.

Attention to detail, rest key for Bulldog swimmers

Moffat County to compete in Jeffco Invitational this weekend

Her voice echoed throughout the swimming pool hall. "Ready, set, go," Moffat County High School girls coach Marin Campbell announced.

Hockey looks to continue hot streak

Moffat County faces Grand County Kremmling on Sunday

Heading into Friday's 7 p.m. home game against a powerful Crested Butte team, the Moffat County Bulldog Club hockey team is looking to keep its hot play from the weekend.

Girls basketball focuses on improvement

Moffat County to host Palisade, Delta

Can knowledge be gained from beating another team by nearly 40 points, as the Moffat County girls basketball team did Tuesday night against Steamboat?

City to overhaul land use regulations

The 30-year-old document that oversees building projects in Craig is facing a number of changes, and the public is invited to give input to the process.

Christina M. Currie: A battle of wills

I don't know if it's a phase or a personality trait (they say these things skip a generation), but my daughter Katie and I seem to be constantly at odds.

New options, rules released for 2007 tax season

DENVER -- The Internal Revenue Service recently began with a busy 2007 filing season that features telephone excise tax refunds, a new refund deposit feature and recently enacted tax breaks that may require extra attention from taxpayers.

Grace St. Louis

A rosary will be recited for Grace St. Louis at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Grant Mortuary followed by a viewing and reflections of Grace's life from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Little Snake River School. Interment will follow in Reader Cemetery.

Linda Valenzuela-Hawkins

Funeral services for Linda Valenzuela-Hawkins, of Yampa, formerly of Craig, will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Yampa Bible Church.

Eddie Charles Riley


Eddie Charles Riley passed away Jan. 5, 2007, at his home in Nucla, Colo.

Maureene Miller

Funeral services for Maureene Miller, of Craig, will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at Grant Mortuary.

Minister's death was self-inflicted

Investigators: Evidence against John Graler 'irrefutable'

The death of an accused youth minister has been ruled a suicide, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Craig Police Department reported Thursday afternoon.

Looking to rebound

Moffat County boys basketball seeks first league victory

Three league games. Three disappointing losses.

Wednesday, January 10

District seeks funding solution

Moffat County School District proposes bill for more state money to lowest-funded districts

As the lowest-funded district per pupil in the state, Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said it's no secret Moffat County School District is in a financial strain.

Former MCHS bookkeeper in court

A former Moffat County High School bookkeeper appeared in court Monday for a status conference on an embezzlement case pending against her.

On the Record for 1-9

On the Record for Jan. 9, 2007.

Eddie Arletta Nash Lively


Eddie Arletta Nash Lively, 79, of Stigler, Okla., died in Stigler on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Grace St. Louis

A funeral service for Grace St. Louis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Little Snake River School in Baggs.

Besty Peck: Thank for Christmas for Seniors support

As chairman of Christmas for Seniors, I want to say thanks to the wonderful residents of Craig and Moffat County.

Club helps groups provide activities

Craig Boys & Girls Club offers free use of facilities to organizations

Plenty of local groups and sporting leagues use the Craig Boys & Girls Club's facilities. So much that club executive director Jonathan Godes likes to think of it as a community center.

Will James Stewart

Brandan and Erica Stewart, of Hamilton, announce the birth of their son, Will James Stewart, at 1:20 a.m. Jan. 5, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

The long road to Vegas

Bulldog wrestlers to compete in two-day tournament

The road to the Colorado state wrestling championships is a long one. For the Moffat County High School team, that road includes a 1,200 mile trek to Las Vegas and back.

From the drawing board to real life

Elkhead Reservoir plans progressing

Every Wednesday for two years, individuals representing the city of Craig, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado State Parks and Ames Construction have been meeting at Elkhead Reservoir, imagining the way things could be at the county's largest lake.

Maureene Miller

Maureene Miller of Craig, formerly of Hayden, died Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

John Graler

John Graler of Craig died Tuesday at his home.

Nolan Russell Laird

Dean William Laird and Michelle Leigh Ideus, of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, Nolan Russell Laird, at 11:20 p.m. Jan. 2, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Former undersheriff starts new job

Jerry Hoberg now working as Moffat County planner

Former Moffat County undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said he would rather be working the job he aspired toward -- county sheriff. But, his newest job isn't a bad consolation.

News briefs for Jan. 11

Church responds to minister's death

W.R. 'Bill' Dilldine


W R "Bill" Dilldine was born on March 13, 1931, in Broken Arrow, Okla., to Obie E. and Faye (Pendergraph) Dilldine.e was raised and attended school in Broken Arrow and Okmulgee, where he graduated from high school.

Fake military medal claims carry penalty under new law

Legislation first proposed by U.S. Rep. John Salazar making it a crime to falsely claim the right to carry any military decoration or medal became law Jan. 4 with President Bush's signature.

Tuesday, January 9

On the Record for Jan. 8

Grace St. Louis

Our view: Hospital deserves another chance

After years of planning, plotting and posturing, officials from The Memorial Hospital in Craig have taken dramatic steps forward in the last year, steps that bring the hospital and community closer to the reality of a much-needed new health care facility.

A theater classic

Moffat County High School thespians will have an exercise in acting technique with their spring performance, "Our Town."

Jessie Kline-Palmer Easterly

The community is invited to attend the 90th birthday party of Jessie Kline-Palmer Easterly on Friday at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth, in Craig. The party will run from 2 to 4 p.m.

Rachel Page Stacy and Daniel Thomas O'Donnell

Roger and Jill Stacy, of Craig, and Gary and Terri O'Donnell, of Ten Sleep, Wyo., announced the engagement of their children, Rachel Page Stacy and Daniel Thomas O'Donnell.

Virginia Miller

Diane Prather: Grisham's stab at nonfiction a must-read

Imagine being innocent of a crime and yet spending 12 years on death row. That's what happened to Ron Williamson. Dennis Fritz, a man convicted with Williamson and also innocent, served 12 years of a life sentence.

Bulldogs blowout Sailors

Moffat County girls win, 55-16, against Steamboat Springs

The visiting Bulldogs girls basketball team made Steamboat Springs High School feel like home last night with a 55-16 league victory.

And they're off

Terms begin for new, returning elected officials

The terms of nearly 50 public officials began shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday when they recited and swore an oath to serve the public faithfully. Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner presided over the ceremony at the county courthouse.

Family seeks governor's help

District attorney's decision unjust, Craig family contends

It didn't take long for the family of a late Craig man to react to what it believes is injustice on the part of Bonnie Roesink, the 14th Judicial District Attorney.

New buses still looking for building

At 5:23 a.m. each morning, riders load onto the first bus bound to Steamboat Springs from Craig.

New look for board

Tom Mathers was sworn in as a newly elected Moffat County commissoner at Tuesday's Moffat County Board of Commissoner's meeting.

Datebook for Jan. 10

Briefs for Jan. 10

Crews evacuated between 10 and 15 houses early Tuesday afternoon after a gas leak at the corner of Eighth and Stout streets.

Sports briefs for Jan. 10

Three years, three tournaments, three titles. That is what an eighth-grade boys basketball team accomplished this weekend, winning the Rifle Parks and Recreation-Alpine Bank Three-on-Three tournament Saturday at Rifle Middle School.

Bulldogs fall to Sailors in rivalry game

Normally when Steamboat Springs and Moffat County meet on the hardwood it's a heated battle that lives up to the two schools' long-standing rivalry.

Monday, January 8

Youth minister arrested

District attorney reviewing felony charges against John Graler

A local youth minister was arrested Monday morning in Craig on allegations that he sexually assaulted two females between 13 and 18 years old.

Dry summer, wet fall in 2006

Although farmers and ranchers in Moffat County struggled to find hay this fall and wheat crops withered in the fields, the year as a whole ended with more precipitation than normal for Craig residents.

On the Record

Mary Cook

New bill instrumental in Internet charges

Prosecutors throughout Colorado filed 58 charges in the six months following the implementation of House Bill 10-11, legislation designed to protect children from Internet predators.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness

Larry Wayne Herbranson

Amber Irene Parfrey

DA makes decision on Bailey crash

Original charge against Morrison man was correct

Bonnie Roesink, district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, announced Monday evening that her office will not file vehicular homicide charges against Morrison resident Dustin Lund.

Treva Tyler

Briefs for Jan. 9

Shue appointed to BLM Council

Craig resident Dona Shue has been appointed to the 15-member Northwest Resource Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management.

Youth pastor found dead

A Craig youth minister was found dead at his home Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on charges of sexual assault, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office reported late Tuesday.

Another new face

Dental coalition welcomes new executive director

There's another new face at the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition. Janet Pearcey took the organization's helm Friday. "I think this job is going to be the most rewarding, gratifying and overwhelming job I'll ever have," the new executive director said. "It's going to be an amazing opportunity. I'm so excited."

Oil and gas teamwork

When the Moffat County commissioners signed a contract with Savant Resources last Tuesday, they netted more than $500,000 for the county and other entities-- money that might have previously gone unnoticed as minor income.

Back to school

CNCC registration continues another week

There's still time to sign up for Colorado Northwestern Community College's classes, which start Monday.

Datebook for Jan. 9

Governenor Bill Ritter Inaugural Address

Complete text of Governor Ritter's inaugural address was released by his staff on Tuesday

Complete text of Governor Ritter's inaugural address was released by his staff on Tuesday

senior spotlight


Sunday, January 7

Skiing for more than fun

Most days Bill Serio can be found operating Sideline Truck and Auto Repair, his Craig automotive repair business on School Street. When time allows though, Serio enjoys the Steamboat ski area slopes, where he helps clients of Horizons Specialized Services make their way down the hill who experience the joy of skiing in spite of their disabilities.

Land next to pending theater purchased

The first lot of the western Craig commercial area meant to soon be home to a new movie theater has been sold to a local restaurant owner.

Girls team remains unbeaten

For three quarters, the Rifle girls basketball team gave Class 4A Western Slope League-leading Moffat County all it could handle Saturday night.

Bulldogs fall in final seconds

Guard Zach Whitmore converted on a driving layup following a steal, and Scott Rust made a game-clinching free throw with 11 seconds to play, lifting the Rifle Bears to a 57-55 victory over visiting Moffat County on Saturday.

January's new beginnings

New Year's resolutions are as much a part of American culture as Fourth of July fireworks, it seems.

A reservoir bigger than Elkhead?

Yampa diversion study suggests one near Maybell

A recently completed study -- searching for ways Colorado can meet future water demands -- includes the possible construction of a reservoir near Maybell 20-times the size of the Elkhead Reservoir.

Datebook for Jan. 8

Do-it-all gals

Mother-daughter team Jan and Janine Rinker give of themselves in any way they can

You name it, they've probably done it.

Shorthanded wrestlers fall short of Dog Fight title

Consider the first two months of wrestling a learning experience for Jake Bricker.

Friday, January 5

Charchalis takes charge

Moffat County girls win thriller, 43-41

Ask Angela Charchalis what the key to Friday night's 43-41 home victory against league rival Glenwood Springs (6-2) was, and the Moffat County High School (9-1) basketball player doesn't talk about her game-winning, driving lay-up with 3 seconds left on the clock.

Damon 'haunting' in 'Shepherd'

One of the more frank and downright startling films of the year, "The Good Shepherd," is about the formation of the CIA, and one of its most devoted members.

'Museum' delivers laughs

For anybody who has not been in an actual museum, "Night at the Museum" may not be the best substitute, but it's still a pretty good movie.

Getting back on track

Front Range blizzard affects Craig, although snow missed

Now that the frozen roads have thawed, Lynda Overton has many more frozen foods to stock at City Market.

The catch-up game

Students getting back up to speed after winter break

After nearly two weeks away from the classroom during winter break, Moffat County School District students returned Wednesday.

Commission to make board appointments

In its first meeting under a new lineup, the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will choose among 30 county residents interested in filling positions on nine county boards.

Arraignments set for shoot-out suspects

Arraignment hearings have been scheduled for two Craig men accused of robbing a Wyoming bar and shooting at police officers in December 2006.

All we want for Christmas is

Think that old battered and bruised Christmas tree couldn't be worth anything post-Dec. 25?

Chuck Mack: The water in Muddy Creek, part 1

It isn't the only thing that's wet

On the Western banks of Dry Creek in Hayden sits a log house that seems like it has been a part of Hayden forever.

Different offense leads Demon boys to win

When the offense didn't work the way he liked in the first half, Glenwood Springs coach Greg Hire didn't panic.

Brad L. Witherell

Brad L. Witherell died Jan. 3 in Grand Junction. He was 48.


Craig residents keep the art of crafting with horsehair, rawhide alive

Before there were nylon and synthetic materials, cowboys made ropes from horsehair or out of rawhide strips skillfully woven together.

Dayton Dowling

Dayton Guy Dowling was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Hayden to Guy and LuSetta (Glebee) Dowling.

A new tool for teaching

Little Snake River Valley using smart board to reach students

It's proof that names can be deceiving.

Datebook for Jan. 6

5 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 4265 hosts its monthly senior citizens dinner at the VFW restaurant, 419 E. Victory Way. The menu will consist of lasagna, salad, garlic bread and ice cream cups. Call Jeannie Wixson at 276-3145.

Brenda Kay Knoche

Brenda Kay Balleck was born July 26, 1953, in Craig to Andrew and Jane Balleck. She attended school in Craig and was always remembered by her classmates and teachers as a very entertaining and outgoing young girl, who made friends easily.

Mandatory meeting for baseball

High school students interested in playing baseball in the spring season must attend a mandatory meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the Moffat County High School gym. Players who have uniforms or equipment from the previous year need to turn it in at the meeting.

'Holiday' not a Christmas story but offers well-played romance

As a man, I'm not ashamed to admit that I truly enjoyed "The Holiday."

Government update

Club 20 criticizes appointments

Group unhappy that Western Slope not represented in Ritter's cabinet

Members from the Western Slope political organization, Club 20, will meet later this month with state legislators, including Governor-elect Bill Ritter, during an annual legislative visit.

Thursday, January 4

Youth minister under investigation

Police, sheriff's office investigating claims of sexual assault

Law enforcement officials said Thursday that a local youth minister is the subject of an investigation initiated by allegations of sexual assault and sexual assault on a child.

Student singers prepare to take state stage

MCHS choirs asked to perform at gubernatorial inauguration Tuesday

Sophomore Andrew Field got some unexpected news Thursday morning.

Aging well in Northwest Colorado

The Aging Well program, started by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association more than a year and a half ago, is planning a number of programs for anyone ages 50 and older.

DA to hold meeting with victim's family

An answer could soon be coming for a grieving Craig family.

Briefs for Jan. 5

Food certification course offered

The Record for Jan. 5

Georgiou: Thanks for help with the loss

We want to thank everyone who has helped us through our tragic loss of Tyke.

Harold Ratzlaff: Remembering former President Ford

I am sure that anyone who met President Ford can recall the exact time and place.

Brandon Murray

It's like smoking two to 10 cigarettes a day

Homes should be tested for radon

January is National Radon Action Month, and here in Northwest Colorado, the CSU Cooperative Extension Office has been encouraging and assisting residents with radon testing since 2001.

Moffat County High School swim meet cancelled

The Moffat County High School swimming invite scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. No make up meet has been scheduled in its place.

Over A Cup of Coffee: A delicious and easy spaghetti recipe

The holiday is over, and at our house that means getting back into a work schedule. It also means cooking weekday meals, mostly casseroles and soups, that are good reheated as leftovers.

Jill Marie Adamek and Joshua James Wolfram

Gene and JoAnn Adamek, of Craig, proudly announced the engagement of their daughter, Jill Marie Adamek, to Joshua James Wolfram.

Irby Howard Miller

Irby Howard Miller passed peacefully in his home Dec. 31, 2006, from heart failure.

Waiting for a winter wonderland

Snowmobilers praying for more snow to open all trails

With several events on the way and some trails still closed, Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club members are ready to do a snow dance.

Doris Pauline Shelton

Doris Pauline Simpson was born May 25, 1931, in Niwot, Colo., to George and Josephine (Barnard) Simpson. She was raised in Niwot, and at an early age, the family moved to Hayden, where she attended school.

Datebook for Jan. 5

From nail-biter to stunner

Quick strikes send Steamboat past Moffat County in Midget hockey game

In a matter of 15 seconds the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs Midget hockey game went from a 0-0 nail-biter to a 2-0 home crowd silencer.

Two to tangle with

Bulldog girls open league play against

Every time a Moffat County High School girls basketball player turned the ball over in Wednesday's practice, it meant one thing: running.

Touch of Spice: All in your head

I don't care how many children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren you have. You will never, ever know what to expect.

Wednesday, January 3

For the love of children

VNA, school district host second

Sandy Beran describes the Nurturing Parenting Program as a class that teaches adults and children how to enjoy each other's company.

Alleged sexual assault under investigation

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Craig Police Department are conducting a joint criminal investigation into an alleged sexual assault, the agencies announced Tuesday.

Break-in defendant sentenced to three years

A Craig man behind the burglary of a local business in September was sentenced Tuesday to spend the next three years in prison.

Miracle on East Victory Way

Craig's first baby of the year joins long-standing family

They call her a miracle. She's their second. Her name is Amber Irene Parfrey. And she's the first baby born in Craig in 2007.

Trial dates set for alleged repeat meth offender

Trial dates have been scheduled against a Craig man, who is allegedly a repeat methamphetamine offender.

The Record for Jan. 4

Briefs for Jan. 4

Girl Scout cookies on their way

Craig Girl Scouts are invited to a cookie rally, to be held at St. Michaels Church, 678 School St. from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Keyara Emily Bohrer

Tony and Shannon Bohrer, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Keyara Emily Bohrer, at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Elijah Joseph LeBlanc

Chris and Jenny LeBlanc, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Elijah Joseph LeBlanc, at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Jenelle Rose Rohrer

Kathy and Charles Rohrer, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Jenelle Rose Rohrer, at 8:51 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Memorial Hospital.

Chilly competition

Winter shooting to begin at Craig Trap Club

Putting guns away for the winter isn't a consideration for members of the Polar Bear League, a segment of the Craig Trap Club that doesn't let a little snow get in the way of a good shoot.

Steamboat baby's birth celebrated

Joanna Marie Almeida was hospital's first baby delivered in 2007

Liana Martin was scheduled to give birth at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but her daughter insisted on arriving early.

Dustin Price Santistevan

Tony and Lasare Santistevan, of Craig, announce the birth of their son, Dustin Price Santistevan, at 1:34 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Aislynn McKenzie Standt

Scott Standt and Shannon Pratt, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Aislynn McKenzie Standt, at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Veterans Hotline: Keep flags at half-staff

Flags should remain at half-staff to honor the late President Gerald R. Ford for 30 days following his death on Dec. 26.

Tracy Shaffer: Avoid the holiday blues

You made it through Christmas, New Year's and now you have about 356 days left until you do it all over again. It's time to get back to normal life.

Datebook for Jan. 4

Time to come together

Bulldog boys looking for complete game against Demons

Putting it all together. That has been coach Scott Parker's theme for his Moffat County High School boys basketball team this week as Christmas break has ended and practice resumed.

Tuesday, January 2

Officials' terms begin next week

Swearing-in ceremony set for Tuesday

Nearly 50 public servants will be sworn into office during a ceremony next week at the Moffat County Courthouse.

No Judge Bean

Experienced lawyer takes over as county court judge

General advisements, traffic infractions, misdemeanors, a few felonies here and there. This is the world Sandra H. Gardner, the new Moffat County Court judge, wanted to be in. She got what she wanted Tuesday when she presided over her first case.

The 'scourge' of Colorado

Task force report indicates meth abuse doubled

The Methamphetamine Task Force, a state panel chaired by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, released its first report on the 'scourge' of the highly addictive narcotic in Colorado on Tuesday.

Datebook for Jan. 3

The Record for Jan. 3

Be the person of the year

In December, Time Magazine named its person of the year.

A good place to be

Bulldog wrestling coach pleased with team's work ethic

A little more than a month since his wrestlers' first contest, and Moffat County High School coach Roman Gutierrez is pleased with where his team is at.

Diane Prather: Author laughs about her mistakes

Humans make mistakes. However, many of us take ourselves too seriously. The author of this week's book is able to laugh at her mistakes, and that's what makes this little book so special.

Briefs for Jan. 3

Hotel team raises funds for Habitat

Holiday Inn's Inn Volvement team and employees raised $420 in two weeks for Moffat County Habitat for Humanity.

William "Bill" C. Lockhart

William "Bill" C. Lockhart died Dec. 21, 2006, at Family Health West in Fruita. He was 82 years old.

Officials upgrade equipment

Road improvements take largest section of capital improvements

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners signed grant contracts that will replace worn equipment and improve county owned buildings Tuesday.

Kids give 4-H 3 cheers

Registration for program open; director: It's not just about livestock

'Tis the season for signing up. With the holidays behind them, 4-H organizers are hitting high gear with recruitment.

Monday, January 1

'The team we want to beat the most'

Moffat County Bulldogs hockey faces rival Steamboat Sailors on Thursday night

Bryce Ponikvar began playing hockey when he was "really little." However, he quit because he didn't enjoy it.

Au revoir, '06

A look at the top 10 stories of 2006, brought to you by the Craig Daily Press

The ball dropped, the clock turned 12:01 a.m. and the calendar now reads 2007. Before rushing into the next 365 days, here's one last look at the top happenings in 2006.

The steep climb

Financial experts give their two cents on getting out of debt

The thought that many Americans are resolving to get out of debt this year is enough to make investment consultant Dean Brosious of LPL Financial Services chuckle.

Jumping off the diet carousel

Dietary experts provide insight into losing weight and keeping it off

Perhaps the No. 1 New Year's resolution is to lose weight. Arin Koonce, dietician at The Memorial Hospital, said she hopes those resolving to do so have the right mindset.

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Notable quotes from 2006

Notable quotes of 2006.