Stories for July 2007


Tuesday, July 31

Kristin Cortez: Daily Press needs to do its job

This paper is a joke.

Datebook for July 31

4 to 6 p.m. The Equality in Health cooperative hosts the Cultural Competency Panel, a discussion designed to increase awareness about Hispanic/Latino culture, in the Platinum Room of the Craig Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. Call Teresa Wright at 871-7639.

Police Blotter for July 31

Moffat County Jail

Craig briefs for July 31

Maps not sponsored by Chamber

Liberty Marketing, which produces tourism maps for Moffat County, has claimed to be sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce to garner advertising from local businesses though it has no affiliation.

Bernie Rose: All economic facets must be considered

This morning I read the article by Collin Smith on overlap of the Economic Development Partnership, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Tourism Association.

A night out

Crime and drug

Public authorities are asking the community to leave their porch lights on Tuesday, Aug. 7, as a national symbol of a stance against crime. Public authorities are participating in the National Night Out 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wendy's.

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Two-way street

Letter calls for support for improvements on highway joining Baggs and Craig

Midge Mixon is on a mission. As a Baggs, Wyo., resident who frequently visits Craig, she has started a drive to make improvements to Colorado Highway 13 connecting the two towns.

Monday, July 30

Continða debate sobre uso de la Biblia en currÃculo

Translated by Francisco Picado

La Junta Directiva del Distrito Escolar del Condado Moffat escuchó en su reunión del jueves pasado, una propuesta que incluirÃa un nuevo curso electivo en el currÃculo de la escuela secundaria que se titula: "La Biblia en la Historia y en la Literatura".

Escasez laboral, de vivienda, retrasa

El Valle del Yampa está experimentando vasto crecimiento, segðn informa el gobierno local, pero no hay suficientes trabajadores y no hay suficientes lugares donde vivan los trabajadores nuevos.


Calendario en Espanol

Hospital necesitará financiamiento

Translated by Fransico Picado

Cuando se refieren a la construcción del hospital nuevo al oeste del pueblo, los miembros de la Junta Administrativa del hospital a menudo lo llaman el "hospital en la colina". Pero la subir la colina puede ser un poco más costoso de lo que se esperaba en lo que respecta al financiamiento del nuevo edificio.

Rene Littlehawk-Calicura: Community needs to step up

I read Mr. Duzik and Mr. Moulton's letters in the July 21 Saturday edition of the Daily Press. I agree, it's time for the members of this community to speak up and let the commissioners, and the rest of those pushing the oil and gas development, know how we feel.

Aging Well: Tai Chi your way to better health

The health benefits of exercise are immeasurable, but the prospect of starting an exercise routine can be a bit daunting. Special equipment and clothing, gym memberships, hours of lessons or training and high impact activities may not fit into every person's lifestyle.

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Amphibians hopping at Wyman's

Frog study finds no deformities in area population

The peaceful croaking of the frogs in the oxbow next to the Yampa River east of Craig was interrupted by the swish of dropping nets and a cheer of success from the captors.

Datebook for July 30

Tuesday, July 31 4 to 6 p.m. The Equality in Health cooperative hosts the Cultural Competency Panel, a discussion designed to increase awareness about Hispanic/Latino culture, in the Platinum Room of the Craig Visiting Nurse Association, 360 E. Victory Way. Call Teresa Wright at 871-7639.

Craig briefs for July 30

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

Student news: Kimberly Herring

Kimberly Herring, a 1997 Moffat County High School alumni, graduated with honors from Prove College in Utah as a physical therapy assistant on June 30.

Engagement: Sullivan-Arthurs

Scott and Cindy Sullivan and Juanita Brazelton and John Kenneth Arthurs II announce their children, Vera Nikole Sullivan and Jesse Joe Arthurs, are to be wed at 4 p.m. Sept. 1, 2007.

The parents of Moffat County Dawgs All-Stars: Great job, Dawg

The parents of the Moffat County Dawgs 11- and 12-year-old all-stars would like to say thank you.

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Camp helps Thunder cheerleaders

Nothing against coach Jannie Brenner, but 9-year-old Taylor Hagar said she enjoyed her time learning from National Chearleaders Association instructor Krystle Doris because, "she can show us what she wants because she is a college cheerleader right now."

Student news: Emily Kirk

Emily Kirk, 2007 TMP-Marian High School graduate, accepted a $700 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She was involved in swimming, softball, debate and forensics.

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'Left it a better place'

Community leaders Pres and Patti Askew move to Denver, but plan to return often

Pres and Patti Askew think their departure will have minor effects on Craig.

Saturday, July 28

Our view: The world around us

What is the answer?

Electric education

Seniors-to-be attend six-day youth camp to learn leadership, social skills

A total of 87 students from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma participated in a six-day camp to Northwest Colorado earlier this month.

Police blotter for July 26

Thursday, July 26

Chuck Mack: Hello from top of the world

Hello everyone, from the top of the world.

School district still looking to fill positions

With 24 days until the start of classes, Moffat County School District has 16 positions left to fill.

Two tax questions submitted for elections

Voters could have two tax questions come the November election - one from the hospital and one from the school district.

Bible course in school debate continues

The Moffat County School District Board of Education heard a proposal to put into curriculum review a new high school elective titled "The Bible in History and Literature" at Thursday night's meeting.

Workforce, housing hinders growth

Yampa Valley is reportedly going through large growth, according to local government, but there are not enough workers and not enough places for new workers to live.

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Have glove, will travel

More than 400 teams traveled to the Western Slope in search of a championship

California, Oklahoma, Florida, California, Missouri, Texas and Montana are just a few of the states represented at the Triple Crown National Baseball Championships.

Moffat County Fair Junior Livestock Auction to fund 4-H

Money goes toward animals, feed and youths' college accounts

A large part of the 4-H program is about learning leadership skills, responsibility and citizenship, director Alisa Comstock said.

Frank and Colleen Manley: Thanks for excellent professional service

My husband and I want to especially thank Intermountain Appliances for the excellent professional service they provided us with, especially in light of coordinating our busy schedule and their busy schedule.

Briefs for July 28

School Board to accept nominations

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Back-to-school fashion trends for fall

"This outfit is cute.

Datebook for July 28

Jeananne Wright, a renowned quilt appraiser certified by the American Quilter's Society, will be in Craig to appraise your old and new quilts. Call 824-6213 to arrange an appointment.

Barrett's modern living

Craig home sets standard in 1956

Photographs from the Chuck Stoddard collection recently donated to the Museum of Northwest Colorado have brought to life a glimpse of daily life in Craig's past.

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A piece of living history

The Seely Barn sits alongside the Yampa River south of Craig on the way to Loudy-Simpson Park.

Friday, July 27

Police blotter for July 27

Police blotter for July 27

Local shooters place at nationals

The steady aim of a marksman is required to qualify for state and national competitions in 4-H shooting, and Moffat County is always well represented in the sport's final round.

Craig briefs for July 27

Groundbreaking date set for hospital, college

The Memorial Hospital will spearhead the infrastructure groundbreaking for the land west of town owned by Colorado Northwest Community College at 4 p.m. Aug. 1.

School Board looks at cheaper construction plan

The Moffat County School Board heard a presentation Thursday from Neenan Archistruction for elementary school renovations and new middle school construction projects, then presented a new idea to build the middle school on top of the existing one, hoping to save about $2 million on the November bond proposal.

David Pressgrove: Total vida

The first time I met Michael "Mick" Havrilla I was a frazzled, tired and green reporter.

Moffat County Neighbor: Chris Toovey

Chris Toovey Age: 48

EDP, Chamber, MCTA discuss overlap

The heads of Economic Development Partnership, Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Tourism Association met Thursday at Colorado Northwest Community College to discuss the public perception that the three overlap and work against each other.

Elisa Shackelton: Have you assessed your commuting costs lately?

It strikes me as odd that so many people willingly get in their cars each day and head off to jobs in Steamboat Springs, not taking into account that they may actually be able to take a lower-paying job in Craig and have more money at the end of the month, extra hours to be at home with family each day, more recreational time, and perhaps even improve their health from not sitting and being stressed out on the highway so much.

Annual Firefighter's Ball heats up

Craig Fire/Rescue to hold event this summer instead of winter

For some snow boots with an evening gown is a fashion don't. So they snowshoe in high heels, enduring the cold, just to make it to the Firefighter's Ball.

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Bulldog football players hit weight room to prepare for upcoming season

One day after last season's 36-0 playoff loss at the hands of Summit High, you would have been hard pressed to find a single Moffat County High School football player dwelling on the defeat.

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Standing in the middle of the next oil and gas boom

Since fuzzy dice first dangled from a Cadillac's rearview mirror, Frank Cooley has been asked when the next oil boom would occur.

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Leonard promoted, DeLong and Forgay reassigned at police department

Bill Leonard and Jerry DeLong have served next to one another at the Craig Police Department for 22 years. And soon they'll share the same title: captain.

'Strong possibility' TMH needs funding help

Letter of intent for levy expected today

When referring to building the new The Memorial Hospital west of town, those on the hospital's Board of Trustees often call it the "hospital on the hill."

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It's all in the text

Unlimited plans more popular as younger generations get caught up in text-messaging craze

LOL. JW. G2G. Or, in other words for those of you who are text-messaging-illiterate, these translate to laugh out loud, just wondering and got to go.

Diane Prather: Cherry cake for the whole family

This year, our 3-year-old Montmorency cherry tree produced pie cherries for the first time. Last weekend, Jessica and Jaycee, our grandchildren, picked 17 cherries from the tree (plus a couple of cherries that went for tasting).

Christina M. Currie: In a perfect world ...

For the first time in five years, I'm obligated to host two separate birthday parties instead of the combined - and much easier - single party that having two girls so close in age has allowed me.

Datebook for July 27

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

Thursday, July 26

Lord pleads guilty to embezzlement

Former MCHS bookkeeper ordered to pay restitution

A former Moffat County High School bookkeeper charged with embezzlement pleaded guilty Wednesday in Moffat County District Court.

Special prosecution motion denied in Eller case

A motion for special prosecution in the case against former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller was denied Wednesday in 14th Judicial District Court by Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner.

Police blotter for July 26

John Paul Hargrave, 25, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving while impaired, speeding over the limit, unlawful distribution, manufacturing, sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Ann Irvin: City, county outdid itself with first Relay for Life

Craig and Moffat County outdid itself again. This community is amazing and the people here continue to make it a great place to live.

Marla Jackson: Honor to participate in Craig's first Relay for Life

I would just like to say what an honor it was to participate in the Relay for Life this past weekend.

Cindy Shanahan: Thank you to mother's friends for support

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful friends of my mother, Sharon Mostenan, who came to her service. Craig has always been our home and my friends have always been my family.

E.P. Monahan, M.D.: There is potential in Vermillion Basin

Regarding the letter of July 20, 2007, by Rich Hammel concerning the Vermillion Basin, he says "it is unknown what the potential is within the basin, as no exploration has occurred."

Sea Sharks swim well at championship meet

The Sea Sharks traveled to Rangely for the Western Slope League Championship Meet in Rangely, from Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22.

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'Toon-ing up

Four-week cartoon class among Aging Well's Wellness Wednesday course offerings

They each create a character - give her a name, an outfit and a persona. Then they draw a box around her and send her on her way, for someone else to shape and mold.

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Friendship in swimming

Four Sea Sharks swimmers bond with each other as they prepare for Junior Olympics

Laurel Tegtman, Ashlee Griffiths, Katelyn Peroulis and Erin Parrott aren't your average 10-year-old girls.

Hospital sees profits, hopes to qualify for more HUD loans

With increased profits during 2007, The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees believes it can receive more loans from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a new hospital west of town, meaning less of the burden to fund the construction will fall on taxpayers.

Deborah Gann: Thanks TMH, VNA for helping my daughter

Thank you to the girls behind the scene.

Bill Harding: Families need to call, identify servicemen

In order to recognize our local veterans, and/or local families of veterans whose loved ones are inscribed on the Wall in Washington, D.C., and to have the opportunity for those servicemen and women to be recognized for their sacrifice during the Vietnam War while the Moving Wall is in Craig Aug. 8 to Aug. 13, we need family members to call my office so we can try to identify, mark and, if possible, to put together a brief history of their Vietnam service and death.

Datebook for July 26

11 a.m. The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries hosts story-time at the south side of Craig City Park. The theme is Science Mysteries. Take sunscreen and a hat, as well as lunch and a drink, weather permitting.

Partnership pursues funding, goals

The Economic Development Partnership found at its Wednesday meeting that it lacked funding to hire a suitable director and still finance its community goals.

Davida White: Flag disrespected at Relay for Life ceremony

During the opening ceremony of the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, all participants were gathered on the infield of the track at the Moffat County High School. Hats were removed and hands were placed over hearts as the color guard presented the symbol of freedom, Old Glory.

Craig briefs for July 26

Association to sponsor farmer's market starting Aug. 9

The Downtown Business Association is sponsoring a farmer's market starting Aug. 9.

Wednesday, July 25

Voting centers get OK

State statutes require voting centers in Colorado and Moffat County be approved by Aug. 8, and the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners wasted no time at their Tuesday meeting approving a resolution to designate four sites in the county.

Mounted police debut in Hayden

Visitors to last weekend's Hayden Daze festival were introduced to the newest members of Hayden's police force. Horses Smokie and Jake, both geldings, made their debut in what Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch is calling a mounted patrol "pilot program."

Datebook for July 25

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.

Moving Wall needs community volunteers

For all the plans Craig's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265 has cooked up in anticipation of the Vietnam Memorial's Moving Wall, it has been hard to stir enough volunteers from the community.

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Classic youth

More than 50 golfers hit the links Tuesday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course for the annual Yampa River Junior Golf Classic.

New city ordinance stops fire damage liability

The City Council - six weeks after discovering some housing divisions, apartment complexes and businesses in Craig have privately-owned fire hydrants - introduced an ordinance requiring those hydrants be maintained and operable in accordance with the city's fire code.

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Fires engulf collective 55 acres

Lightning sparks 20-acre fire 3 1/2 miles northeast of Elkhead Reservoir

Two wildland fires - one Monday and one Tuesday - burned 55 acres of private land in Moffat County.

Police blotter for July 25

Elizabeth Rita Hammond, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant for violating her prohibition.

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Diane Prather: 'Pete & Pillar' an endearing book

Pete & Pillar: The Big Rain" is an endearing new picture book written and illustrated by Jeffery Stoddard, who grew up in Craig and now lives in Colorado Springs. The book is "a book of friendship based on John 15:13."

'An amazing coach and person'

Friends, family remember former high school soccer coach

It was the sparkle in his eye that gleamed when his players asked for help.

Our View: Creating communication

The story goes like this. Gov. Bill Ritter flies into Moffat County to look at the Vermillion Basin.

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Wilderness Society replies to letter

Conservationists criticize commissioners

The Wilderness Society has issued a strongly-worded letter in response to a letter from the Moffat County Commissioners to Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.

Edward T. Winters: Vermillion Basin, fly-over, politics and etiquette

In response to the letter from Rick Hammel and the Friends of Northwest Colorado that was published by the editorial staff of The Craig Daily Press on July 20.

Craig briefs for July 25

The Equality in Health cooperative is hosting two discussion sessions to better enable health care workers in Moffat and Routt counties to provide service for people of different ethnicities.

Tuesday, July 24

On the Record for July 24

Richard Leon Mann, 49, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving while impaired and failure to drive in a single lane.

Donna Guinn and your Craig District Divas: Thanks for supporting Craig District Divas

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that supported the District Divas with your generous donations in our fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.

Fire board receives drawings of aerial truck

The board of directors of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District was given an update on the department's new aerial truck during Thursday's meeting.

Downtown Steamboat construction a bumpy topic

Asphalt shortages and city regulations - not contractor negligence - are causing loose gravel near downtown construction sites, a construction official said Monday.

Revitalized Hayden Chamber bolsters business

Under the direction of new leadership, the once-defunct Hayden Chamber of Commerce is looking to bounce back to life.

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Option open

Hospital board considering tax proposal for new facility

It's possible local voters may have two tax initiatives - both proposed new construction measures - to consider during the November general election.

Craig briefs for July 24

Agriculture can use Elkhead water

The Colorado River District announced Wednesday that new water supplies stored in the newly enlarged Elkhead Reservoir are available for agricultural leases at a cost of $25 per acre-foot.

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Steamboat West group hosts open house for public input

From a two-track dirt road atop a shale-covered hill, vast open fields and hillsides unroll in every direction. A few rusty, dented trucks sit in a makeshift junkyard. The slopes of Steamboat Ski Area are a green backdrop in the distance.

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Dinosaur voting center may change

Oil field and pipeline workers in the western part of the county, as well as residents of Dinosaur, might be casting ballots at a new location this fall.

Laid back, but hardworking

New government, business reporter joins Daily Press staff

When he walked into the Daily Press office, Collin Smith's laid-back demeanor was noticed by several in the office.

Sports briefs for July 24

Free girls hoops clinic coming soon

A free girls basketball clinic is scheduled for Aug. 1 and 2 at Craig Middle School.

Car chase spans two states, ends in Moffat County

Raymond Allen, 24, who currently has an address in Craig, was arrested Friday night in Moffat County after a car chase that began in Rock Springs, Wyo.

DJ Barger: Why I love living in the city of Craig

A personal thank you to a wonderful community.

Datebook for July 24

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

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More bounce in California

State champion long jumper to compete at Nationals

As a sophomore, Erin Urbanoski was the 4A long jump state champion.

Monday, July 23

Learning online

CSU education looking to expand electronically

Colorado ranks fifth in the nation when education levels of residents are the measuring yardstick, and Colorado State University Vice Provost Lou Swanson said the plan is to make that number go even higher.

Datebook for July 23

2 p.m. AARP Chapter No. 1418 will meet at Sunset Meadows I, 663 Ledford St. Guest speaker will be Lou Wyman, curator and owner of Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum. Call 824-5123.

Briefs for July 23

Commission to consider new judges

The 14th Judicial District nominating committee will meet Aug. 1 at the Grand County Courthouse to interview and select nominees for a governor's appointment to become the next county court judge in Grand County.

MJ Durham: City should paint parking spots

Just a viewpoint from an out-of-town visitor regarding parking downtown.

Baseball team eliminated from state tournament

Going into the Colorado Little League State Playoffs in Colorado Springs, Moffat County Dawgs coach Steve Ivers said his team could win if the Dawgs could hit.

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Grand County brothers go the distance for glory

Matt and Chance Harms have no problem making the haul down U.S. Highway 40 from Hot Sulphur Springs to Hayden. The brothers load up their families and their pair of modified open-wheel racers into a custom 52-foot semitrailer rig for a taste of summer time speed. After the 95-mile drive, Matt Harms is eager to fulfill his racing fix by tearing up the fastest laps he can on the 1/4-mile dirt track at the Hayden Speedway, two miles south of town.

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Readers line up for final 'Harry Potter' book

Dressed in a black Hogwarts' robe with a gold-and-yellow Gryffindor scarf thrown around her shoulders and with a stack of books in her arms, 10-year-old Marissa Butler looked quite similar to fictional character Hermoine Granger.

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'This community just came together'

First Craig Relay for Life raises more than $64,000

She was, admittedly, a little slap happy.

Aging Well: When grandparenting turns into parenting

Many people look forward to the joys of grandparenting: Cuddling, ice cream cones, walks to the playground and maybe babysitting before sending the little ones back home to their parents.

Sunday, July 22

David and Tresa Moulton: Glad governor has taken interest

We are responding to the article, "Letter critical of Governor," published in the Craig Daily Press and Steamboat Today on Wednesday, July 18.

Saturday, July 21

Principal attends leadership institute

Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman attended the sixth annual Summer Leadership Institute of The Principals' Partnership this week.

On the Record for July 21

Dennis Ray Green Jr., 19, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of an original charge of driving under the influence under the age of 21 and on a warrant.

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A day of relay

American Cancer Society Relay for Life event kicks off at high school

And with Craig getting ready to host its first American Cancer Society Relay For Life, Mary McIntosh and Randy Runyan are already at work preparing the Moffat County High School track for the day's event to honor cancer survivors and raise money for fighting cancer.

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Cross-country runners go to camp

Members of the 2007 Moffat County High School cross-country team spent this week in Grand Lake for a team cross country camp.

Larry and Sharon Pletcher: Great experience with Miller Family Appliance

We want to tell of our excellent customer service experience with Miller Family Appliance as we moved in December and needed appliances at two homes.

Truckin' through

Local high school students refurbish pickup truck in one week

A handful of local high school students - including one from Craig and three from Hayden - hustled to strip a 1954 International Harvester pickup in a week's time in June in the Hayden High School shop building.

Former Craig resident publishes children's book, "Pete & Pillar: The big rain"

Friendship. This is the message of local author Jeff Stoddard's newly published children's book, "Pete and Pillar."

The winners are :

Results from the Harry Potter contest

Three winners were named in the Harry Potter contest, sponsored by Downtown Books and the Craig Daily Press, for the writing entries about "the boy who lived."

Justin Duzik: Commissioners need to be more professional

What are our commissioners thinking? I may be out of place here but I can't believe that the majority of people in Moffat County want oil and gas drilling.

All-star baseball team honors longtime coach Rich Sadvar

Before leaving Craig Friday morning to go to Colorado Springs for the Little League Colorado State Playoffs, members of the Moffat County Dawgs baseball team made one last stop - Craig Physical Therapy.

Craig in hunt for birthday logo

Centennial committee holding poster contest for promotional artwork

The Craig Centennial Committee is working the 100-year celebration plans like a homesteader proving up a claim, with a number of events already suggested.

Local teachers attend national conference

John Haddan named to national curriculum review committee

For several years, John Haddan and Rick Murr have attended the annual Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association summer conference.

Datebook for July 21

Datebook for July 21, 2007.

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Carrying on the family tradition

Forbes family coming up on 100 years of ranching, haying along Morapos Creek

There is tradition when Loren Forbes brings a load of hay down Morapos Creek to put up for the winter.

Chuck Mack: Hiking down Muddy Creek on a fall day

Today, we had a wonderful time. We took a combination, sightseeing, fishing, hiking and video-taking, walk, crawl, stumble and fall kind of trip. We walked down Muddy Creek about five miles. It is beautiful all the way.

Elisa Shackelton: Are you watering your trees enough?

Extension Connection

Whenever a fire ban goes into effect, you know it is really hot and dry out, which also is a good indicator that your trees are experiencing drought stress, also.

Our View: Is the job being done?

Is everyone doing what they are supposed to?

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The Memorial Hospital receives award for patient care

When a patient was hospitalized during her 25th wedding anniversary, The Memorial Hospital staff organized a private, candlelit dinner for the patient and her husband to help them celebrate.

Hayden, Steamboat meet for 7-on-7

Teams prepare for football season

The state quarterfinal loss to Limon still sits in Hayden assistant coach Bob Harris' mind.

Craig briefs for July 21

Lightning starts several fires

Lightning from a storm that moved through Craig late afternoon Thursday was the cause of several fires, Craig Fire/Rescue officials said.

Friday, July 20

Tourism in Craig about to hit the wall

The upcoming visit to Craig by the Moving Wall, a replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will take place Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 is expected to bring thousands of people to town based on past performances.

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Gas station fire deemed an arson

Owner: 'I don't know why anybody would want to do this'

A fire at a Craig Conoco service station early Thursday morning has been deemed an arson, said Capt. K.C. Hume of Craig Fire/Rescue.

Living in the fast lane

Cancer survivor enjoys her life, chemo and all

As Debbie Sherman-Hurst walks the survivors lap tonight she will remember.

On the Record for July 20

Michael Eugene Burkett, 37, of Craig, was booked on warrant into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving while under restraint.

James Gentile: Thanks for emergency response

I wish to thank the two Craig Police officers who responded to my 5 a.m., emergency call, as well as the ambulance crew, the emergency room staff, The Memorial Hospital as well as Dr. (John) Ossen and Dr. (Thomas) Told.

Kathy Hall: Oil and gas side of issue not represented

In my opinion, Dan Olsen's article, "Resources director calls for drilling ban," on July 6 falls short, presenting only one side of an incredibly complex issue.

Rick Hammel and the Friends of Northwest Colorado: Governor, senator right to fly over basin

Concerning the July 17, 2007, article entitled: "Oil, gas development in Moffat County in question" by Dan Olsen, we find that Gov. (Bill) Ritter and Sen. (Ken) Salazar acted appropriately when they flew, to view for themselves, the controversial Vermillion Basin.

Moffat County Neighbor: Myrtle Stagner

Age: 65

Over A Cup of Coffee: Quick and Easy Peach Cobbler

This year when our grandson Kenny turned 14, he decided he wanted peach cobbler instead of birthday cake.

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Willpower and coffee

DJ has been taking part in the up-all-night Relay for Life events since 1998

"I'll have eighteen Venti French roast coffees with a shot of willpower."

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'The goal is to get to Waco'

Youth all-star baseball team heads to state tourney looking to make it to regionals

The defense is strong, and so is the pitching.

Craig briefs for July 20

Annual salsa contest to take place at Moffat County Fair

People are being asked to bring a batch of their favorite fruit or vegetable salsa recipe for a contest at the 2007 Moffat County Fair.

Pat Miller: Shop at Miller for appliance needs

When I read Diane Lee's recent letter regarding the "zero" service provided to her by a local appliance dealer after purchasing a new, yet faulty, refrigerator, I nearly fell off my chair in recognition of her plight.

Touch of Spice: The view from the top

We adults have boundaries. That's OK, because generally, we're old enough to understand what those boundaries are and, as importantly, the reasons for them.

The once and future king

Coal making a comeback into energy dominance

Coal is always - always - burning at Hayden Station. "We run capacity, at full base-load, all the time," said Sharon Brady, a career engineer who speaks with a drawl acquired in her hometown of Amarillo, Texas.

Datebook for July 20

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

Thursday, July 19

Defining the Craig brand

Meeting discusses potential need for city marketing tool

When trying to entice people to the area, you've got to have a hook.

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Finding peace

Teacher learns valuable lessons from cancer

When Cheryl Miller sees the image of a cactus, she thinks endurance.

Dinosaur crash victims' names released

The names of the victims involved in a fatal crash near Dinosaur on July 11 have been released.

Veterans Hotline: Help prepare for arrival of Vietnam Moving Wall

In order to recognize our local veterans and/or local families of veterans whose loved ones are inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and to have the opportunity for those servicemen and women to be recognized for their sacrifice during the Vietnam War while the Moving Wall is in Craig Aug. 8 to Aug. 13, we need family members to call my office so we can try to identify, mark and if possible, put together a brief history of their Vietnam service and death.

Moffat County Libraries ban surveillance equipment

In a policy soon to be implemented at the Moffat County Libraries, no surveillance devices of any kind will be allowed to be used while in the library.

On the Record for July 19

Fred William Ruybal, 40, of Craig was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violation of restraining order.

Season ski passes on sale

It's hard to think about winter when the thermometer reads 85 degrees. But snow and skiing aren't far away.

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Reaching new heights

Senior Bulldog named an 'All American'

Angie Charchalis is representing the Western Slope nationally this summer on her club basketball team, WYCO Pride.

Datebook for July 19

The Yampa Valley Landlord Association's annual barbecue is at the Columbine Pool. RSVP with John or Virginia Barr at 824-7120.

Wednesday, July 18

Datebook for July 18

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.

On the record for July 18

Candace Cole Johns, 38, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, compulsory insurance penalty, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and amphetamine.

Pet owners advised not to leave animals in cars

Would you wear a fur coat in the summer?

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Sea Sharks prepare for final month

Several swimmers practicing for postseason meets as season winds to an end

The lanes at the Craig Swimming Complex have been less crowded this week.

Craig population rises

New census data reveals 122-resident boost

The city of Craig notched its second-highest population - 9,251 residents - since 2000, according to the most recent data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau's population division.

Craig briefs for July 18

Shultz wins furniture giveaway

The Craig Association of Realtors recently presented the Open House Summer Patio Furniture Give Away Prize to Genevieve Shultz. Shultz was one of hundreds of residents who took advantage of the Open House Weekend hosted by the Realtors.

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Letter critical of governor

Commissioners 'perplexed' by Ritter's flight over Vermillion Basin

In a strongly worded letter to Gov. Bill Ritter, the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday expressed displeasure with a recent fly-over of Vermillion Basin by the governor.

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Pulling an all-nighter

Relay for Life committee focuses on details for Friday event

"We miss you more everyday." "I love you." Hearts. Flowers. These are some of the phrases and drawings that have turned more than 550 plain white lunch sacks into luminarias - candle-lit bags that will line the track at Craig's first American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Our View: Facing cancer

An old woman is dying of it. She is angry life has to end this way.

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'Voice around the stigma'

First lady hears Craig's strengths, concerns

With good intentions but limited resources, Moffat County mental health providers often struggle to offer comprehensive services.

'As bad as it's ever been'

With conditions becoming more dry, officials urge residents to follow fire ban guidelines

With fire danger in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties "very high to extreme," officials warn residents to follow the fire ban guidelines and report any smoke or fire immediately.

Prather's Pick: Fun book more than hot air

This week's picture book for children has a little bit of everything, including some history, vivid color, action and humor. It bears the seal of the Caldecott Honor for illustration.

Tuesday, July 17

Contest entry: Harry Potter has changed my life

Harry Potter has tickled at my imagination. The first book was wonderous.

Contest entry: Snape, friend or foe?

The question of Snape's loyalty has been an unending saga in all 6 books.

Contest entry: Sirius isn't really dead

Several years ago a new book came out.

Contest entry: Snape is clearly evil

The way I think the seventh and final Harry Potter book will go is a much different way than most.

Hayden gets hit by power outage

A power outage hit Hayden early Tuesday morning and left two neighborhoods without water, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Datebook for July 17

9 to 9:30 a.m. The Moffat County Department of Social Services distributes United States Department of Agriculture commodities at the Maybell Community Center. Recipients must be recertified each year. A picture ID, proof of address and income or current eligibility is required. Call 824-8282.

Joneses: Thank you for garage makeover

My husband and I would like to thank the Craig Daily Press, Samuelson True Value Hardware, Flint Personnel Services and Old West Sanitation for the garage makeover. Samuelson donated shelving and hardware, Flint donated the labor and Old West Sanitation donated the Dumpster. Craig Daily Press pulled it all together for us.

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'License to Wed' nothing new

"License to Wed" shares a lot of similarities with a movie like "Meet the Parents," but this time, the hapless hero must deal with a whole different kind of father. Ben and Sadie (John Krasinski, Mandy Moore) are a young couple whose romantic history has been nothing but roses. Once Ben proposes, they think that married life will be just as wonderful. However, Sadie's wish to be married in her family's church by the illustrious Rev. Frank (Robin Williams) becomes more of a complication than they could imagine.

Agencies prepare grant requests

As the August cycle of applying for grants from the Department of Local Affairs approaches, the county, city and fire and school districts are prioritizing their needs to prepare requests for a share of the energy impact money.

Police Blotter for July 17

Saturday, July 14 Officers responded to three requests to assist another agency.

Library organizes several events

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., has several upcoming events:

Marketing Moffat County

Meeting Wednesday to look at ways to brand the area

Craig and Moffat County have a lot to offer, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber or Commerce executive director.

Senior Spotlight for July 17

July is watermelon month to me. I eat more watermelon in July than any other time. I could easily become a watermelon addict! But due to health reasons I have to put a limit on it.

Oil, gas development in Moffat County in question

Moffat County Land Use Board vice chairman Ed Winters asked the commissioners July 10 to draft a letter to Gov. Bill Ritter and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar expressing concern over their stand on oil and gas development in the county. The commissioners will address that concern today.

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Habitat house coming along 'slowly'

The structure is in place. The walls are up. The basics are done.

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Wanted: Soccer support

Coaches say tonight's meeting important to help earn grant for field

The Moffat County High School girls soccer team had a hard time finding a field to play games on this spring.

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'You are not alone'

Craig couple starting MS support group

He smiles. She smiles. Today is a good day.

Monday, July 16

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Development and rumors

What is coming to town, what is not

Each spring, a flurry of builders, developers and landowners descend on the city's building department with visions of new offices, stores and warehouses.

Andrea J. Minor: Humane Society offers gratitude for support

The Moffat County Humane Society would like to offer a special thanks to the following individuals for their support during the past couple months: Don and Catherine Cronks, the 4-H Classy Canines, Carol Beumer, LuAnne Antonson, Terry Cruise, Kelly Hepworth, Wayne Davis, Ron Kruczek and Mary Ann Leonardi.

Water Works: Information for older adults and caregivers

Water is essential to our lives. We use it for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning and growing crops. Because water is so integral to our daily activities, it is important for consumers to know when it is safe.

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Getting stuff in order

Makeover transforms cluttered garage

About a year ago, Larry Jones drove his John Deere riding lawn mower into his garage.

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Winder's return bolsters legion team sweep

Welcome back Winder.

Derek Willshire and Kody Fox: 4-H members thank community

We are writing this letter for two reasons. First, we would like our community to know how well we represented our state at the National 4-H Shooting Invitational; and second, we would like to thank all those that supported us.

Health Watch: Music holds sway over body, mind

Humans are born hard-wired for music.

Datebook for July 16

Today 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The vacation bible school program, Avalanche Ranch - A Wild Ride through God's Word, will be held at Ridgeview Church of God, 690 Riford Road. Participants can register on the day of VBS or pre-register at 824-9619.

Chamber looking to fill four board positions

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors seeks to fill four positions on its 12-member board for the 2008 to 2010 term.

Sunday, July 15

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Fire totals trailer

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a trailer on Moffat County Road 211 at about 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Coca-Cola sets up shop in Hayden

Coca-Cola broke ground last week on what will become a 26,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in the Valley View Business Park in Hayden. The company paid $285,000 for two lots totaling 2.7 acres in the development, according to Prudential Steamboat Realty.

Saturday, July 14

Experiencing the expo

Livestock training for 4-H members

Jakota Straw, of Garfield County, confidently answered the horse questions thrown at her by Jenny Wood, the Eagle County Colorado State University extension agent.

Coast to coast

Two men cycle across America to raise money for cancer

Two bagels. Two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Two bikes.

Cathy Fejt: What will stop drinking and driving?

My son, David Kim Johnston, was one of the three men killed in the car accident on June 1, 2007, at the Sandrocks.

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'More than hair'

Cancer patient sees past cosmetic drawbacks to see beauty in life

She thought she was ready.

Police blotter for July 10

Police blotter for July 10

Local students inducted into National Honor Roll

Several local students were recently inducted into the 2006-07 National Honor Roll, which recognizes high-achieving high school and middle school students.

CNCC gearing up for fall semester

Classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College begin Aug. 27, and the Craig campus has plenty to offer, a college official said.

Datebook for July 14

Datebook for July 14

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The message: We can do better

For the past several months, Craig Mental Health has advertised a job opening for a licensed therapist to specialize in mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Harry Potter' another dose of movie magic

Everyone's favorite boy wizard is back for his fifth feature film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Chuck Mack: Two new knees and ready to roll

Alberta and I used to love to hike for miles into some of the remote mountain streams fishing for brook trout.

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Brits bring soccer fun again

Not only did Brent Cook improve his soccer skills this week, he learned a new dance.

Our View: Fraud as part of typical day

So, it's your typical day.

Friday, July 13

Contest entry: Harry will shoot himself with his own wand

Snape is a spy among the Death Eaters, working for Dumbledore

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Police asking for vehicle information

The Craig Police Department is asking for the public's help with an investigation into the disappearance of a Craig woman, whom the department believes likely fell victim to a crime.

Contest entry: Snape is good; Granger will die

As Snape left the grounds of Hogwarts, Harry couldn't believe Dumbledore even trusted him in the first place.

Letter to the editor: Kathy Oberwitte

Postponing Mud Race for a year

Mud racers and fans,

Moffat County Neighbor: Frank Archulette

Frank Archulette Age: 15 Occupation: Tunies and Such

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Christina M. Currie: Busy bodies

"You're the best mommy ever!," 6-year-old Katie said while giving me a hug.

Datebook for July 13

Datebook for July 13

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No walk in the park

Downtown parking becomes issue due to increased activity

Have you ever competed for a parking spot?

Letter to the editor: Darlene Moore

Dog attack 'really terrible'

Upon reading the newspaper sometime back, I came upon the article about the dog attack on the Hayden woman.

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Camping safety: Wildlife, floods and dead trees

Whether you are a novice or expert tent camper, always select your campsite thoughtfully, with safety as a top priority. Keep the following safety tips in mind:

Pulling teeth for dentist hunt

Dental coalition seeks new dentist to fill void

With the departure of its dentist, the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition is seeking someone new to fill the position.

Craig briefs for July 13

Commission to consider new judges

The 14th Judicial District nominating committee will meet Aug. 1 at the Grand County Courthouse to interview and select nominees for a governor's appointment to become the next county court judge in Grand County.

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'No place I would rather be'

Yampa River has its own appeal

For some, being in the big city has plenty of appeal.

Diane Prather: A salad to go 'pea-nutty' over

It's so hot that I've been craving fruit and vegetable salads. They go good with barbecue, too. This week's column features three salads, two of which I made for the first time this week.

Police Blotter for July 11

Police Blotter for July 11 to 12

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Sailors stay afloat in wet win

Rain-shortened game not pretty for either baseball team

Errors, walks and missed opportunities.

'Horrific accident'

Crash on U.S. Highway 40 kills two

It was, as one Colorado State Patrol Sgt. put it, the worst crash site he has seen.

Thursday, July 12

'Horrific accident'

Two people died Wednesday night in a vehicle accident that those on scene said was one of the worst crash sites they've seen.

Andy Bockelman: Rock em Sock em 'Transformers'

For a movie primarily about gigantic robots beating each other senseless, "Transformers" actually has a very humanistic feel to it.

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A bigger, better Elkhead

Reservoir dedication draws a crowd

State and federal officials mingled with the crowd as the Yampa Valley Boys softly sang about cool, clear water during Wednesday evening's Elkhead dam and reservoir dedication.

Man flown to Denver after rollover

Two Craig men were injured - one seriously - Tuesday afternoon when the Jeep they were driving in rolled on Routt County Road 78 in Hayden.

Every step they take, every move they make

Neighborhood Watch groups keeping an eye open to criminal activity

The self-described "block head" of the Ridgeview Neighborhood Watch group, Pat Johnson doesn't mince words in describing her area's commitment to keeping a keen eye on comings and goings.

Police Blotter for July 10

Police blotter for July 10

Craig briefs for July 12

The public is invited to the third annual Hospice Potluck Picnic, at noon Aug. 3 in the Breeze Street Park.

Shootout suspect's trial delayed

Paul Howell to undergo psychiatric evaluation

A Craig suspect authorities believe to be the mastermind behind a string of crimes beginning in Moffat County and ending in Casper, Wyo., had his jury trial postponed at the request of his public defender.

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Close calls for some, broken branches for others

Winds reach 44 mph in Craig on Tuesday night

In hindsight, Marlena O'Leary was glad she called her 9-year-old son, Riley, and a friend, 3-year-old Alec Tucker, to the front porch during a windstorm Tuesday evening.

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Knocking them down

Craig Youth Bowling Association makes showing at state tournament

Two-dozen members of the Craig Youth Bowling Association took their talents to the state level May 5 to 6 in Wheatridge.

Datebook for July 12

Datebook for July 12

Urging Iraq and Afghanistan vets to sign up for healthcare

Notice to all veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. You are

Wednesday, July 11

Jan Gerber: Pankey/Miller Family Reunion full of fun

The Pankey/Miller family reunion took place Saturday, June 30 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The all-day event was attended by 130 descendents of Mahlon and Lucinda Pankey and Sterling and Mary Jane Miller.

Diane Prather: Moffat County history comes to life

This week's book is loaded with fascinating information about the early days in Moffat and surrounding counties - some dating back as far as the 1890s.

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The second time around

Commissioner completes first six months in office

Moffat County commissioner Tom Mathers said his first six months in office have been very different from the first time he held the office 15 years ago.

Wyoming search warrant reveals no clues

Officials check mining claim for missing woman

The execution of a search warrant Monday in Carbon County, Wyo., failed to uncover any new evidence or information into a Craig woman's disappearance, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Tuesday morning.

On the Record for July 11

Cori Nichole Carr, 22, of Grand Junction, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint.

Our View: Putting out the fire

"Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds."

The family of Waylon Owens: A heartfelt thank you to the community

The family of Waylon Owens would like to thank friends, family and community members, and Braydon Moya for his courageous act of going to the crash site - you are our little hero.

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Another chapter in Elkhead's history

Dam to be dedicated today, adding to the reservoir's 40-year past

The beginning. As far back as 1967, the Colorado Division of Wildlife was seeking a place for water-based recreation.

From parking lot to park

What some residents use as a makeshift parking area is expected to be turned into a park before winter.

Ride the Rockies: Thank you, Craig, for hospitality, hard work

On behalf of the staff, volunteers and more than 2,000 cyclists who participated in the 2007 Ride the Rockies, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Craig for the hospitality and hard work offered as a host community.

Gloria Blakley: Please support the Humane Society

I have lived in this awesome community about two years.

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Blue-collar teamwork

Moffat County 11- and 12-year-old Little League team advances

The Moffat County 11- and 12-year-old All-Star Little League team made Steamboat Springs' Emerald Park look like home Tuesday with a 10-3 victory.

Commissioners initiate countywide fire ban

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz asked for and received a fire ban for the county from the county commissioners during Tuesday's regular meeting.

Datebook for July 11

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.

Craig briefs for July 11

Grouse comment period extended

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has extended the public comment period for the Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Plan by 30 days to Aug. 31.

Tuesday, July 10

Wyoming search warrant reveals no clues

The execution of a search warrant Monday in Carbon County, Wyo., failed to uncover any new evidence or information into a Craig woman's disappearance, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Tuesday morning.

Contest entry: Draco, Snape to join D.A.

I think since Draco couldn't kill Dumbledore that he might go against Voldermort and team up with the D.A. and the rest of Hogwarts.

Contest entry: Snape was always evil

Naomi Coty

For my entry, I'm going to write about several different things from the Harry Potter series.

On the Record for July 10

Sean Lee Jackson, 20, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

BLM, Sheriff's Office fighting fire

The Bureau of Land Management, with assistance from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, continued Monday fighting a 20-acre wildland fire on Sevenmile Ridge, located 17 miles northwest of Maybell.

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Silver Bullet results

From Yampa Valley Golf Course

Foul play?

Investigators are now suspicious that foul play may be the cause behind a Craig woman's disappearance, the Police Department reported Monday morning.

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Goals met, goals ahead

Sheriff Tim Jantz notches first six months in office

During his 2006 campaign for the highest law enforcement office in Moffat County, then-sergeant Tim Jantz said he had no doubts about his ability to serve as the county's next sheriff.

Stabbing may have involved race

Victim considers leaving Steamboat Springs after incident

An alleged stabbing at a Steamboat Springs bar on Friday is the subject of an ongoing investigation, and police say the crime may have been racially motivated.

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Expo experience

Youngsters preparing for Moffat County Fair

Anyone preparing to show an animal at the Moffat County Fair in August likely is preparing by attending the 2007 Northwest Colorado Expo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Craig briefs for July 10

USS Rendova reunion starts Oct. 17

Veterans who served on the Navy Aircraft Carrier, USS Rendova, CVE-114, will have a reunion in Omaha, Neb., from Oct. 17 to 20.

Datebook for July 10

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

City, county agree on water program for Yampa River

City and county officials agreed Monday to fund ongoing studies of water quality in the Yampa River.

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Came in a van; left in an ambulance

Friends and co-workers often joke that by attending Hayden Speedway races, my family and I are rednecks.

Monday, July 9

Missing woman's disappearance suspicious

Investigators are now suspicious that foul play may be the cause behind a Craig woman's disappearance, the Police Department reported Monday morning.

YVRA anticipating Frontier service

Service to and from DIA expected to be added this fall

Year-round Frontier Airlines service with Denver is likely to begin this fall at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, officials said Monday. The service would bolster what will already be YVRA's biggest winter air program ever beginning this ski season.

Defining Economic Development Partnership

When Tim Gibbs resigned as executive director of the Economic Development Partnership in April, questions swirled as to whether EDP would stay in existence.

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Modifieds Madness lives up to its name

Hayden Speedway full of action

Maybe 7-7-07 wasn't so lucky after all.

Craig briefs for July 9

Sheep Wagon Days needs help

Sheep Wagon Days is calling all crafts-people and anyone who can demonstrate sheep related or old-time techniques to school students. There is no charge for booths with educational demonstrations during Sheep Wagon Days, which are scheduled for Sept. 13 to 16 at Wyman's Living History Museum.

Datebook for July 9

5:15 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County's monthly meeting will be held at the Golden Cavvy Resturant, 538 Yampa Ave. The public is invited to attend. Call 870-7500.

Craig Sea Sharks swim team improves upon speedy times

Raindrops may not have fallen during the three-day Craig A, B, C Open at the Craig Swimming Complex, but finishing times did for the host Sea Sharks.

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Lou Wyman finds treasure in trash

The girls who work the front desk at the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum keep telling Lou Wyman to stop shopping for more antiques because the place is getting full.

Aging Well: Planning for excessive heat events

Did you know that each year, more people die from "excessive heat events" than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined?

Health watch: Choosing toys is easy as child's play

If play is the work of children, then toys are the tools of their trade. Towering arrays in toy stores and insistent demands from kids for the hottest toys seen on Saturday morning television advertisements can leave parents dazed and confused.

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'Extreme Makeover'

Volunteers finish complete church overhaul in four days

Four days. In a display of cohesion and efficiency that would make many construction companies envious, it took a virtual army of volunteers and congregation members just that long to overhaul the nearly 30-year-old Craig congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses' Kingdom Hall, 665 Westridge Road, last week.

Saturday, July 7

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Harry Potter book for free?

Want "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" for free?

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Right at home

It doesn't seem to matter where the Craig Sea Sharks compete. Results are the same - success.

Joyce Miller-Miller Family Appliance: In response to Diane Lee's letter to the editor

This letter is in response to the one published last week from Diane Lee, who had an unpleasant business experience with a refrigerator purchase.

Ari Osborn: Thanks to community for encouragement

I would like to thank the people of this community, as well as those who live far away, for the words of encouragement, the cards of congratulations, and the expressions of support given to me regarding the Congressional Award.

Datebook for July 7

Datebook for July 7

Fourth fires and fizzles

Agencies easily handle calls on Fourth of July

Local law enforcement agencies and the fire department reported a mixed bag of happenings - and non-happenings - on Wednesday, the Fourth of July holiday.

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Best dam dedication

Elkhead event features food, music and speakers

Before selling his boat in 1998, Dave DeRose and his family would make it up to Elkhead Reservoir two to three times a month.

Winners a plenty at Little Britches

The Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo hosted more than 200 young riders participating in events including 570 calf-runs for seven hours each day of a four-day rodeo, held June 30 through Tuesday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds..

Oral health for seniors

How do I maintain good oral health in my senior years?

Craig briefs for July 7

The United States Department of Education's Institute of Educational Sciences announced this week that Colorado is one of 13 states to receive grant funds for its statewide educational longitudinal data system.

'Looking forward to coming back'

Bruce Gregg returns to CIS as interim principal

It's like coming home.

Our View: Who will protect our children?

It's reported a child has been sexually abused by a sibling.

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On eagle's wings

New preschool in Craig embraces Christian values

Opening a Christian preschool has been in the back of Pastor Rod Compton's mind for some time.

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Andy Bockelman: One of the best action heroes ever returns to film

The newest chapter in the action series will not disappoint die-hard "Die Hard" fans: "Live Free or Die Hard."

Friday, July 6

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Hoak named new judge

A Grand County court judge was appointed to a bench seat in the 14th Judicial District on Thursday.

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Resources director calls for drilling ban

Declining populations of sage grouse lead to Vermillion Basin protection

Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, has recommended, "a balanced approach to the development of oil and gas resources in Northwest Colorado's Little Snake Resource Area."

Police blotter for July 3

Police blotter for July 3

Bill, Ann and Peter Ebener; Jerry, Bettina, Sara and Andrew Magas; Foster, Debbie, Hannah and Colby Beckett: Thanks to friends

The family of Vic Beckett would like to thank all the wonderful friends who called, visited, brought food, sent flowers and cards to support us through this difficult time.

Overview of first six Harry Potter books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997)

Moffat County Neighbor: Anastasia Blackbird

Anastasia Blackbird

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Driven from within

Two young sons and a dash of adrenaline fuel Matt Beckett

Two things fuel and motivate Matt Beckett at the Hayden Speedway - adrenaline and his children.

Motions hearing delayed

Accused ex-marshal makes first appearance

Former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller, accused of falsifying his resume and work records, made his first appearance in Moffat County Court on Tuesday.

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Christina M. Currie: Family ties

The Fourth of July has always been a special holiday for me and my girls. They really love Christmas and birthdays - you know, holidays when they get presents - but Independence Day, despite its lack of gifts or cake, is special to them.

Governor appoints new judge for 14th

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Thursday the appointment of a new judge to serve the 14th Judicial District, which serves Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

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The magic of Harry Potter

Spellbinding tales keep readers young and old interested

Kaleigh Cutler first began to read a Harry Potter book at age 10.

Elisa Shackelton: Top-quality health care begins with you

It is extremely exciting to hear that our community will soon be building a new hospital - "kudos" to those individuals who have dedicated many long hours to making this a reality.

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Tons of fun

What goes up, must come down in 'Largest Loser' contest

Craig resident Brenda Gustafson stepped on the scale May 1 and didn't like what the machine read back to her - 188.2 pounds.

Diane Prather: One perk to writing a column is meeting people

Recently, someone asked me if I enjoy writing my columns. The answer is, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" One of the perks to writing this column is meeting people. This week, for example, I had a delightful call from Jane Stout of Craig (More about Jane later in the column).

Datebook for July 6

Datebook for July 6

Thursday, July 5

Hoak appointed judge for 14th District

A Grand County court judge was appointed Thursday as a third judge for the 14th Judicial District.

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Sea Sharks to host A, B, C Open

After logging countless miles on the road, the Craig Sea Sharks play the role of hosts Friday through Sunday.

Craig briefs for July 5

Fire board spends DOLA grant

Datebook for July 5

Datebook for July 5

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Crews keeping insects, West Nile Virus at bay

Ninety days into the mosquito spraying program run by Moffat County, crews have yet to come across an insect infected with West Nile Virus.

Lisa Lawton: A special season

With all the negativity that has been surrounding our local baseball news, I would like to spread some warmth on the city of Craig girls' softball season. There are a few individuals who really went above and beyond this summer to help the girls out and need a pat on the back.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Ratatouille' is a palatable piece of animation

From the studio that made you love bugs, monsters and fish comes the next logical choice: rats.

Cimarron: Thanks for package

Aunt Myrt and Uncle Claude,

Benefit will assist Zabels

Hayden 7-year-old undergoing treatment for brain tumor

Gina Zabel was understandably hysterical when she heard the news that her youngest daughter, Taylen, 7, had a brain tumor. Gina's husband, Ty, and oldest daughter, Tyanna, 11, cried as well. The only composed person in the room was Taylen herself, who patted her mom's leg and told her everything would be OK.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Smoke free is safer

Breathing easier this summer? You should be.

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Residents enjoy Fourth of July recreation

Craig residents and visitors celebrated the Fourth of July in a variety of ways, with the usual three-day holiday cut down to a one-day mid-week event this year.

Bill Harding: Honor those who fight for freedom

Hopefully yesterday you attended an event that honored those who fought for our independence in 1776, and all those who have defended, or are defending, our way of life today on foreign shores, at sea or in the skies.

Class notes: Blaine Kawcak

Blaine Kawcak, of Craig, graduated May 3 from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., with an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Wednesday, July 4

Police blotter for July 2

Police blotter for July 2

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Grassfire threatens homes

Jeff Hergenreter was heading home when he saw the smoke rising from the hills near his house northwest of Craig.

Historic HiWay Bar restored

The HiWay Bar soon will have a new, old look. In an effort to restore the property to its historical state - and take care of some much-needed maintenance - owner Fawna Odom is undertaking massive renovations.

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Legion baseball young and having fun

The Moffat County "B" Legion baseball team is youthful and learning, said coach Shane Camilletti.

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Fire department prepares for July Fourth

Capt. K.C. Hume, of Craig Fire/Rescue, carefully opened two boxes Tuesday afternoon. One contained a large, round 10-inch covered shell, and the other, a handful of its 4-inch baby brothers.

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Keeping the arena ready

Bill Sixkiller and his grounds crew have a busy summer

After the Little Britches Rodeo wrapped up Saturday night and young riders headed off with their folks to find dinner, the Moffat County Fairgrounds came alive with a different kind of performance.

Angie, Doug Jr. and Pete Schneider: Thank you for love, sympathy

The family of Doug Schneider Sr. would like to thank all of the wonderful friends and family who have shown their love and sympathy toward all of us - everyone who sent cards, flowers, food, etc.

Players and players of the Arrowhead Auto Craig Youth Baseball team: Thank you for a successful season

The players and parents would like to express their gratitude to Noel Alonso, Dick Oberwitte and Larry Maiolo for a wonderful season teaching our children two important lessons: the joy of the game and what sportsmanship is all about.

Datebook for July 4

Datebook for July 4

Commissioners select new Maybell fire board

A new advisory board was appointed to the Maybell Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday as the Moffat County Commissioners appointed five applicants to vacant positions.

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Prather's Pick: 'Magical Mazes' captivates young children

I'm thoroughly enjoying "Tales of the Old West Retold" by C.A. Stoddard. I'll review it in next week's column.

Our View: Call from the wild

She could have done anything.

Tuesday, July 3

Darlene Moore: DA setting bad example

It is really sad when you read in the newspaper about students (or others) mistreating people younger than they are. This is very serious.

On the Record for July 3

Joseph Anthony Cabral, 32, of Parachute, was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of driving under restraint, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and number plates.

Trial against MCHS students continued

Two local teens accused of threats against school

The trial against two Moffat County High School students accused of making threats of school violence was continued Monday morning in 14th Judicial District Court.

Datebook for July 4

Datebook for July 4

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Dryness causes fire concerns

Fire burning near Buffalo Park; smaller blazes put out

Extremely dry conditions have fire officials concerned heading into the July 4 holiday. On Monday there was a wildfire burning in the Buffalo Park area of the Routt National Forest and a handful of smaller fires in the Steamboat Springs area. The Buffalo Park fire was first reported Sunday and was caused by a dry lightning strike last week. "It was dry enough that it continued to smolder until the heat was right," said Lee Duerksen, a visitor information official at the U.S. Forest Service's Yampa ranger district.

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It's a family affair

Rodeo has been part of Buffalo lives for three decades

The Buffalo family, of Salida, has a rich rodeo history that is well into its third generation.

Trina M. Callie

Trina M. Callie, of Tucson, Ariz., received her Ph.D. in higher education with a minor in management in August 2006 from the University of Arizona.

Craig Briefs for July 3

Aging Well program receives $2,500

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has granted the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association $2,500 to support The Aging Well Program's Wellness Wednesday. Funding will be used to support adult day activities for seniors in Moffat County.

DA: No need for special prosecutor

Prosecution opposes ex-town marshal's motion seeking to disqualify district attorney

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a motion Tuesday opposing a defense attorney's request for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case against former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller.

Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson, the son of George and Susan Wilson, graduated on June 22 from WyoTech with an associate degree in diesel technology and management.

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Search for missing Texas man continues near Meeker

Friends and family of Walter Benskin describe the Santa Fe, Texas, resident as an adventurous sort who loved the outdoors, riding his motorcycle and dancing to country music.

Monday, July 2

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'This is a severe tragedy'

A 13-year-old girl who had been missing since 6 p.m. Sunday was found dead Monday morning in the Yampa River.

Eastside Liquor under new ownership

Jim Duran worked on-and-off at his father-in-law's liquor store, Loadout Liquor, for 25 years.

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Small cars go big time

Dwarf cars from Vernal entertain Speedway

With a hazy orange sunset Saturday evening, fans were greeted and treated to the high-pitch sounds of dwarf cars buzzing around the dirt track at Hayden Speedway.

Can't stop smoking? Don't give up

If you've tried several times to quit smoking and failed, you may think it's time to give up. Not true.

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Craig Fire douses two blazes

Firefighter sent to hospital, released in good condition

Ken Wolgram was driving his 2002 Dodge truck westbound on Highway 40 about 10 miles past Craig on Sunday afternoon when he was flagged down by a passerby.

Aging Well: Good nutrition helps pave way for long, healthy life

Cancer and atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries, are words people hope to never hear from their doctors.

Datebook for July 2

Today 9 a.m. The Little Britches Rodeo is hosted at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Sunday, July 1

13-year-old girl missing

Last seen swimming in Yampa River

Search and rescue efforts for a missing 13-year-old girl are scheduled to resume early this morning along the Yampa River.