Stories for June 2007


Saturday, June 30

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Six Street Stock drivers compete against themselves in name of fun

What do you get when you combine six friends, four wheels and a lot of adrenaline?

Government update for June 30

Moffat County Board of County Commissioners update for June 30, 2007.

Craig Briefs for June 30

Walkers and runners, cancer survivors, community leaders, team captains and hard workers are all needed to make the American Cancer Society Relay for Life a reality in Craig.

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School Board eyes November election

District preparing to decide on bond issue question

The Moffat County School District is targeting an August date to finalize details surrounding a proposed tax initiative that, if voter approved, would fund new school construction and renovations.

Pat Tessmer: Issues not addressed by Social Services, article

I am the director of Advocates - Crisis Support Services, a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes and traumatic incidents in Moffat County.

Craig student earns Pinnacol Foundation scholarship

Sasha O'tero, of Craig, was one of 59 students awarded a scholarship from Pinnacol Foundation, which awarded $180,000 to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents. The average scholarship was for $3,000.

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Journey of Hope cyclists have dinner with Horizon clients

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers from across the country bike to create awareness about people with disabilities, a task dubbed a Journey of Hope.

Photos shed light on local history

Photos donated to the Museum of Northwest Colorado by Chuck Stoddard recently brought to light the story of a local inventor and businessman.

Police Blotter for June 30

Police blotter for June 30, 2007.

Datebook for June 30

Datebook for June 30, 2007.

Hospital to go tobacco-free

Practice what you preach. That's the message behind a new The Memorial Hospital initiative to have a tobacco-free campus, which begins Sunday.

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Up in smoke

Smoking ban reaches first anniversary Sunday

Local bars and restaurants will turn one year old as smoke-free businesses Sunday.

Our View: Get up and get fit

A quick look at health studies provide a snapshot into a growing (and growing) problem: more than 50 percent of Americans are overweight.

College and hospital taking leaps forward on new facilities

Two key public institutions in Moffat County - The Memorial Hospital and Colorado Northwestern Community College - have taken leaps forward in recent weeks with plans to develop new facilities.

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Steele Britches

Life experience from rodeo competition proves invaluable for family

Moffat County children are given an extraordinary opportunity to learn responsibility and sportsmanship at an early age by riding in the Little Britches Rodeos.

Friday, June 29

Datebook for June 29

Datebook for June 29, 2007.

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Popcorn jockey

For Frank Hanel, movies go beyond the big screen

When Frank and Tammie Hanel began looking for a radio station to purchase in the late 1980s, they decided their new town had to meet certain requirements.

Daily Press launches new Web site

The latest breaking news online or e-mailed to you.

Police Blotter for June 29

Police Blotter for June 29, 2007.

'Unsustainable situation'

Ritter panel to discuss Northwest Colorado needs

With state revenue streams drying up and demand, construction and maintenance costs escalating, providing adequate transportation for Colorado is quickly becoming an "unsustainable situation," said Evan Dreyer, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Ritter.

Ask A Cop: Is it a civil or criminal issue?

Q: My son answered an ad in Craigs list for a '96 Chevy Lumina. We agreed on the price of the car - $1,600.

Diane Prather: Cheddar cheese potato casserole good with roasted meats

Over a Cup of Coffee

One night this past weekend, we had grilled Italian sausage for supper, and I fixed a new potato casserole to go with it.

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Continued success

Craig Sea Sharks improve on record times

The Craig Sea Sharks posted more personal best times in preparation for their only home meet of the summer next weekend.

Elisa Shackelton: Keep your children safe from lightning

Here in Colorado, lightning is the number one life threatening weather hazard. The state ranks 11th for lightning deaths in the United States.

Emily Norris and Tanya Rinehart: Thank you for support of forensics team

We would just like to thank the Craig Daily Press and members of the community for their overwhelming support of us at the National Forensic League's national tournament.

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On the fast track

Craig teen earns Best Defensive Back medal at Broncos camp

Maury Mirante had never played defensive back until last week. That didn't stop him from earning a Best Defensive Back medal at the Travis Henry Football Camp.

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Moffat County Neighbor: Morgan Shrum

Morgan Shrum

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Christina M. Currie: The kindness of strangers

Touch of spice

On Sunday morning, I was patting myself on the back for hosting such a successful camping trip.

Dr. Armand D. Boudreau Jr.: Craig best stop on Ride the Rockies bike tour

On Saturday, June 23, I completed the Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour and, upon reflection of the places we visited, Craig was by far the best.

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An invaluable opportunity

VNA names TMH controller Cole White its new community care director

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has named a familiar local official as the new overseer of the organization's 30-odd community health care programs.

Craig briefs for June 29

The Colorado Health Foundation to hold informational session.

Thursday, June 28

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YVRA to have biggest winter air program ever

There will be nonstop flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season from more locations than ever before. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has negotiated flights with five airlines with service from 10 major airports, including a brand new 183-passenger flight from New York's JFK Airport on Saturdays.

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Pivotal player

Craig native, 84, keeps in touch with golfing roots

The name Jim Shepherd goes hand in hand with golf in the Yampa Valley.

Craig briefs for June 28

The Ask-A-Lawyer Legal Advice Clinic scheduled for July 3 at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library has been cancelled.

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Hospital board awards bid

TMH trustees follow recommendations, award $2.7 million contract

As expected, The Memorial Hospital board of trustees accepted Wednesday night a bid for phase one infrastructure work at its new hospital site from J2 Development/Twin Peaks Utilities.

Youth basketball camps near registration deadline

Third- to 12th-grade boys and girls who have signed up for the Mid America Youth Basketball camp have a 5-game guarantee July 27 to 29 in Colorado Springs. The deadline for entering is July 6.

Bill Harding: New scam targeting military spouses

Veterans Hotline

The American Red Cross is warning military spouses about a new identity theft

Police blotter for June 28

Police blotter for June 28

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Social Services department to implement new action plan after poor state review

The Moffat County Department of Social Services received state authorization Tuesday to implement a new corrective action plan.

Andrea Minor: Humane Society thanks supporters

The Moffat County Humane Society would like to offer a special thanks to the following individuals for their support during the last couple months:

Diane Lee: Locally-purchased fridge a lemon

I have lived here in Craig for more than a year now, and have been encouraged by friends and family to buy locally. I have done so when remodeling my home and purchasing major appliances.

Carol Scott: Wrong phone number in Daily Press article

On behalf of the Humane Society of Moffat County, I would like to thank the Daily Press for the article in last Saturday's edition featuring information about our 2008 Pet Mates Calendar. Unfortunately, I submitted the wrong telephone number for the Humane Society voice mail system.

Graduation: Joseph Matthew Padon

Joseph Matthew Padon, a senior from Craig, was among the 825 students named to the Gonzaga University President's List for the spring semester. Students must earn a 3.7 or better grade point average to be listed.

Library searching for new assistant director

Moffat County Libraries Director Donna Watkins knows the importance of hiring an assistant director, as the candidate likely will replace Watkins when she retires from the position in about two years.

Push for America cyclists in town to raise money for disabled

Some fraternity members are stereotyped as drunken college kids living a carefree life of excess. That's not the brothers of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Resident reported missing

Police investigating disappearance of 36-year-old woman

The Craig Police Department is asking for the public's help in learning the whereabouts of a 36-year-old local resident who has been missing since early this month.

Wednesday, June 27

Sparks fly

Moffat County officials are warning residents of firework danger

Some children will paint their names in the sky with firework sparklers next Wednesday.

Success in quantities

Gymstar gymnasts place sixth out of 12 at championships

In 2004, the Gymstar Fun N Fit squad qualified five gymnasts for the state tournament.

Balloon pilot to keep flying after fatal jump

Hot air balloon pilot Ian Cox never thought the man would jump.

Council addresses utilities, property

Changes to how the city handles water and gas billing were addressed by the Craig City Council Tuesday. City Ordnance No. 966 has been in effect since last month and was passed officially into city code last night.

Phyllis and Jack Virden: Thanks for making anniversary special

I would like to thank all of our family and friends who helped make our golden anniversary so special.

Datebook for June 27

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

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No bids received for county garages

The lease agreement Craig resident Jerry Thompson has with the county to grow wheat on county land was extended for one year to give Thompson a chance to harvest a crop from the field that sat fallow last year.

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Bigger prizes for Little Britches

Thirty saddles attract 195 riders to four-day Craig event

When one rodeo is not enough, adding three more, along with 30 saddles to give everybody a chance at a prize, should solve the problem.

On the Record for June 27

Elizabeth Anne Kendrick, 18, of Craig, was booked into Moffat County Jail on a warrant.

Craig Briefs for June 27

The Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine is now available through the Colorado Vaccines for Children, or VFC, program for VFC eligible females 9 to 18 years of age.

Ideas abound for Craig 100th birthday celebration

You only get one shot at celebrating a 100th birthday.

Diane Lee: Customer service lacking

I have lived here in Craig for more than a year now, and have been encouraged by friends and family to buy locally. I have done so when remodeling my home and purchasing major appliances.

Diane Prather: 'Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon' tale a delightful read

Each summer when I teach children's literature, my students and I enjoy exploring different types of children's books. Folktales are among our favorites. This week's picture book is an example.

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The kindness of strangers

Stage-four cancer patient makes most of hunting experience

Four months after being diagnosed with cancer, Mike Hansen traveled more than 2,000 miles with his son Zach for an unexpected trip.

Blast investigation continues in Rio Blanco

Cause of ignition from deadly explosion expected shortly from investigators

Randi Cruson hasn't returned to the remote site where two of her friends died Saturday night when an oil storage tank exploded in the Routt National Forest.

Project manager to suggest contractor

Hospital board to hear pitch for lowest bidder

Diversified Consulting Solutions, project manager for a proposed new The Memorial Hospital, will recommend the hospital board award a construction bid to J2 Development/Twin Peaks Utilities, a Lafayette company and the project's low bidder.

Our View: Breaking perceptions

Lazy, disrespectful and unaware of the world are some perceptions adults have toward today's youth.

Teens offered diversion program

Hazing suspects would face criminal charges

Four Hayden High School seniors reported to have hazed seven incoming freshmen will be given the option of a diversion program in lieu of a criminal trial, District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 26

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Congressional record

Craig resident presented prestigious award by Sen. Salazar

What does it take to meet Miss America Lauren Nelson and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar?

Monday, June 25

Obituary: Jason Kilwein

Obituary: Janice Letsinger

Briefs for June 26

Marshal defense seeks special prosecutor

Motion filed to disqualify DA's office

The attorney for accused former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller filed a motion Monday in 14th Judicial District Court seeking to disqualify the District Attorney's office from prosecuting the case and proposed the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Engagement: Koschnitzke-Sorensen

Obituary: Douglas Schneider

Starting off on the right foot

Moffat County High School graduate makes her mark in Mesa State record books

After not "doing anything" athletically her freshman year at Mesa State, Ashlee Hafey joined the inaugural Mesa State College Mavericks track and field team spring of 2006.

On the Record for June 26

Party takes tragic turn

Oil tank explosion kills two South Routt teens

A night of drinking in the woods turned deadly for two South Routt teenagers Saturday when an oil storage tank exploded in the Routt National Forest.

Datebook for June 26

Hunting season leaves energy workers out in the cold

Workers began arriving at the Bear Valley Inn of Craig in the early spring and never stopped coming.

Sunday, June 24

Datebook for June 25

'I will survive'

Cancer survivors are the reason behind Relay for Life

Bev Rubley refused to be a victim of cancer.

Craig man dies in vehicle accident

A 30-year-old Craig man died Saturday morning in a vehicle accident, and investigators suspect alcohol was a contributing factor, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Explosion kills 2 teens

South Routt teenagers were jumping on oil tank

Two South Routt teenagers are dead after an oil storage tank they were jumping on in the Routt National Forest exploded, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported.

TMH fundraiser a big hit on the green

The Memorial Hospital benefit golf tournament saw 130 players participate Friday afternoon at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Champions of the diamond

Craig Steel, Wolf Mountain Pizza are winners at tournament

The Craig Parks and Recreation Department invitational softball tournament crowned two champions Friday evening at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Fun on the lake

High temps draw boaters to Elkhead

When the gates to Elkhead Reservoir opened at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, Sand Reed was there, ready and eager to catch some fish.

Briefs for June 25

The Chamber Connection, a four-page Craig Chamber of Commerce newsletter, was scheduled for publication today. However, due to technical difficulties the pages will be delayed until the July 2 edition of the Craig Daily Press.

Peace march marches on

Students trek cross-country in support of nonviolence

Two teenagers, traveling by foot across the country in opposition of global violence, arrived in Craig on Saturday afternoon, bringing with them a message of peace.

Aging Well: Hanging up on telemarketing scams

Imagine receiving a phone call from an overly friendly stranger claiming you've won a $2 million prize which you may claim after sending a hefty processing fee.

Friday, June 22

Watered down

Commissioner follows family tradition ranchers can depend on

When Kathy Bower was a student in a one-room schoolhouse in Browns Park, she appreciated the sandbar on Beaver Creek that provided a swimming hole for her and the other kids.

Centerfold material

Humane Society organizing third annual pet calendar

Ann Irvin loves taking pictures of her dog, Jack Daniels.

Illegal immigrants detained in Hayden

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained at least five illegal immigrants this week in Routt and Moffat Counties.

Better than a title

Speech competitors: Nationals experience worth more than winning

They aren't national champions. But their weeklong trip certainly wasn't a wash.

Tracking their progress

MCHS girls produce co-MVPs, go 9-1 at Mesa State College Basketball Camp

About five months away from the start of the 2007-08 girls basketball season, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs put their skills to the test this week in Grand Junction.

MCTA: Wait and see approach on 'Ride' benefits

The Moffat County Tourism Association is optimistic the first Ride the Rockies visit to Craig and Moffat County in 12 years will pay dividends down the line.

More than ABCs

Preparing children for kindergarten with social skills, 'exposure to everyday life'

It's not just letters, numbers and shapes.

Classy Canine 4H Club: Thankful for support

The Classy Canine 4H Club would like to thank everyone that attended the Trails on Tails dog walk on June 2.

The Record for June 23

Lining up for a flaming season

Most of western Moffat County considered to be high fire danger because of little moisture

Fire mitigation specialist for the Bureau of Land Management Lynn Barclay was happy to see the rain a couple of weeks ago because it was a sight she didn't see at all in June last year.

Big museum, small town

Savery, Wyo. exhibits a wealth of Little Snake River treasures

With a population of 25 people, Savery, Wyo., might not appear to be a source of cultural heritage, but history can be deceiving, and the Little Snake River Museum holds a number of treasures for the visiting public.

Datebook for June 23

Today SHARE Craig Distribution Day takes place at St. Michael Catholic Church. Orders may be picked up at 1:30 p.m. in the church basement. Call 824-7939.

Chuck Mack: What's in a name? Part 1

What's in a name? Well, each of us has our own name. It's what we are identified by.

Our View: The reverse bell curve

In some ways, it is clearly evident that growth is happening in Craig. Unemployment rates are down and sales taxes are up.

Briefs for June 23

A call to the MCHS Class of 1977

Members of the Moffat County High School Class of 1977 committee are searching for old classmates. Below they are listed, last name first:

This indie film a slice of delight

The indie film "Waitress" serves up a slice of pure delight.

Immigration nabs 38 in region

Five people in Routt and Moffat counties detained

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained 38 "criminal aliens, fugitive aliens and other immigration status violators" from northern Colorado and western Wyoming during a three-day operation. Five people in Routt and Moffat counties were detained, officials said Friday.

Thursday, June 21

Touch of Spice: The great outdoors

It's been my goal for the past two summers to get out and explore my backyard. By that I mean all the fascinating destinations in Moffat County's backcountry.

Addison Marie Oliver

Ryan and Jessica Oliver, of Holyoke, announce the birth of their first child, Addison Marie Oliver, at 7:03 p.m. June 6 at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke.

Stanley Victor Beckett

Funeral services for Stanley Victor Beckett will be held at 4 p.m, Sunday, at the First Christian Church.

Briefs for June 22

Group offers help to cancer patients

The Cancer Education Support Group, sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, hosts a meeting Wednesday for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. The meeting begins at noon. Friends and family are also encouraged to attend.

The Record for June 22

Datebook for June 22

YVHA funds run low

Poll shows uncertainty about whether tax will pass

Local voters may be asked in November to pay a sales tax of one cent for every $10 to support the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Extension Connection: Keep grilling healthy

Summer is here, and with it the start-up of the backyard barbeque grilling season. Not only is grilling fun and a fast way to cook, but it has also long been considered "healthy" because it lets the fat drip away from the food.

New pastor is familiar face to church congregation

One closing led to an opening for Karen Gibson.

Nancy Sadvar: Baseball coverage offensive to team

Against my husband's advice I'm "speaking up" anyway. I mean there is only so much a wife and mother can take.

Hot fun in the summertime

Many outdoor, indoor activities available during the season of sunshine

Thursday marked the first official day of summer solstice -- the day of the year with the longest hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Perfect time for fruit, muffins

Melons, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries -- all this and a lot more fruit can be found in grocery stores right now. There's lots of good cooking and eating. One way to use fruit is in making muffins.

Quick learner on the track

Jason Rettman speeds off to success at Hayden Speedway

Watching NASCAR, a supportive boss and the movie "Talladega Nights" fueled Jason Rettman's interest in racing at Hayden Speedway.

TMH work to begin in July

Hospital board receives bids for new hospital site construction

Three companies have submitted bids -- ranging from about $2.7 million to $3.9 million -- to complete site work for a proposed new The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Changing the 'social norm'

Health project committee absorbs feedback on underage drinking

Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.

Wednesday, June 20

MCHS speech girls compete in poetry at nationals

Tanya Rinehart and Emily Norris, seniors-to-be at Moffat County High School, competed in poetry, an individual event, Wednesday at the National Forensic League national tournament in Wichita and Derby, Kan.

The Record for June 21

Tanya Rinehart blog

Finally finished! This was such an amazing time! I'm so tired and so excited and everything!

Judy Melson-Castleman and Antonio Vallejos

Judy Melson-Castleman and Antonio Vallejos exchanged wedding vows June 9 at the American Legion Hall in Hayden. Bill Soper, of Craig, friend of the groom, officiated the ceremony.

Betty Earlene Tilford

Betty Earlene Tilford died June 13, 2007 at her home. Earlene Tilford was born Dec. 19, 1924 in Loveland to Roy and Allie Wolaver. She was the second of six children.

Briefs for June 21

TMH board to host special meeting

The Memorial Hospital board of trustees is scheduled to host a special board meeting at 5 p.m. today inside the Platinum Conference Room at the hospital, 785 Russell St.

Michelle Perry: Always a journalist second

It's hard to not get involved.

'Work on the discipline side of things'

Seth Young becomes new MCHS boys soccer coach

Seth Young, the new Moffat County High School boys soccer coach, is going to try and turn discipline and potential into wins.

Ask A Cop: That dog barks; what can I do?

Ask A Cop is a forum where residents can ask Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson questions, and have them answered.

Protecting who you are

Police-offered Identity Theft Kits help prevent fraud

Do you carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse?

Emily Norris blog

Well we are finally done with the national tournament.

Mobile weigh-station catches heavy violators

Drivers of big-rigs heading south of Craig on Ranney Street were surprised to find a mobile weigh-station blocking their path Wednesday.

Andy Bockelman: Not luck; 'Ocean's Thirteen' is a solid summer flick

"Ocean's Thirteen," the further continuation of 2001's "Ocean's Eleven," proves the number 13 is not always unlucky.

Go go HogZilla

Tire-shredding machine being used to clean up pile of a million at county landfill

Like the creature tearing through Tokyo, the HogZilla rips through piles of tires with ease, turning mountains of cast off Goodyear tires and their ilk into mounds of shredded rubber.

Datebook for June 21

Judge nominations finalized

Steamboat attorney, Grand County judge recommended for post

Two women have been nominated by a commission to serve as a third judge in the 14th Judicial District.

Economic Development Partnership moves forward

Committees formed to refine operation

There were no varying opinions Wednesday when the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership board attempted to decide whether to continue on with the organization. To a member, the answer was overwhelming.

Tuesday, June 19

Prather's Pick: 'Sky Bridge' well-written, thought provoking

We bring our own experiences with us when we read a book so if there were a dozen readers and a well-written/ thought-provoking book, we might expect a dozen different ideas about it.

Ride the Rockies bicyclist OK after accident

A 52-year-old Ride the Rockies bicyclist from Littleton sustained minor injuries Sunday afternoon after being struck by a car on Rabbit Ears Pass.

No time to be sheepish

Sheep Wagon Days planning for improved events at ninth annual celebration at Wyman's Living History Museum

Planning for Sheep Wagon Days has a renewed vigor for this year's ninth annual celebration of the event.

Steamboat Running Series open to public

Local runners are invited to join the USA Track and Field 10K Trail Championships June 30 at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Cattle conference not all bull

Trade organization's annual convention mixes fun and business

Getting transformed into a cow in heat was not on the printed agenda for this year's Colorado Cattlemen's Association convention, but that's exactly what happened to cattle producer David Mendenhall on Tuesday.

Young Life car show results

Radio tower, jail repairs approved

Moffat County is moving forward with a plan to ensure radio communications are updated for emergency responders.

Brandon Murray

Brandon Murray, of Craig, received one of two Linweld Awards for the 2007 spring semester. The Linweld Award is presented to students who excelled in agriculture and career and technical programs at the end of the 2006-07 school year at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

Michael Jack Mosbey

Michael Jack Mosbey, a Craig resident, passed away June 12 at University Hospital in Denver. He was 34 years old.

Briefs for June 20

Agencies combat youth drinking

Several Northwest Colorado agencies are working together to create a campaign to prevent underage drinking in our community.

The Record for June 20

Emily Norris blog

Hey kiddos! It's Emily and we are heading back to our hotel after a long, hard day.

Our View: A Ride worth undertaking

Tents, bicycles and a couple of thousand tuckered-out riders transformed Moffat County High School's grounds into a carnival-like gathering Monday morning, with good will and welcome cheer greeting the visitors.

Sharon Gay Mostenan

Sharon Gay Mostenan, 77, died June 14, 2007, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

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Craig puts on a show for Ride the Rockies

From record-setting sales at an afternoon beer garden to "full force" support by local organizations, the Craig community responded enthusiastically to Monday's visit by the Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour, organizers said.


MCHS alumnus looks to take boys basketball team back to postseason

Born and raised in Craig, Steve Maneotis has "always pulled for the home team."

Dogs attack Hayden woman

Police: Neighbors saved victim from death

A Hayden woman was mauled by two dogs Sunday before being rescued by neighbors who pulled her over a fence and away from the animals.

The rural world

Medical student assists doctor of Moffat County Family Clinic

Mary Shearer woke up at 7 a.m. to the sounds of beeping pagers, footsteps on the kitchen floor and fresh coffee brewing.

Stanley Victor Beckett

Stanley Victor Beckett, of Craig, died Monday at The Memorial Hospital. A service is pending.

One of the kids

Eric Hansen keeps speech students interested with personable approach

There are a number of reasons Eric Hansen's Speech and Debate Team describes him as a great coach. One tops the list.

Hayden teens face charges for hazing

Diversion program may replace criminal proceedings

Law enforcement officials are again investigating a hazing incident involving Hayden High School students.

Tanya Rinehart blog

I am so happy that we made it to nationals!

Datebook for June 20

Monday, June 18

House committee OKs oil shale bill

The U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee recently passed House Resolution 2337, or the "Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007," which contained provisions that would give the Interior Department more time to analyze oil shale development and tar sands resources.

Obituary: Jaron Earl Green

Jaron Earl Green, 31, passed away June 1, 2007, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Craig.

Releasing the catch: Biologists transplanting fish into Elkhead

Nearing dark on Thursday, the driver of a white pickup unlocked a gate accessing Elkhead Reservoir and drove to the water's edge.

Craig library to host crime scene event

School is out for the summer.

Sports briefs for June 19

Yampa Valley Golf Course hosts the seventh annual The Memorial Hospital Found�--ation Golf Tournament at 2 p.m. Friday. Openings are still available.

Blog: Emily Norris

I am so outrageously tired! I can't believe what a long day it was today. We were at the school today from 8 to about 5:30 competing, and the worst thing was we were in heels the ENTIRE day.


Emma Blair, of Little Snake River, Wyo., and Johnny McMillen, of Craig, married June 21, 1947, in Grand Junction.

Senior Spotlight for June 19

Busy weekend for some, more than usual.

Police Blotter for June 19

Moffat County Jail No reports.

Families: Thank you for your thoughtfulness

The family of Jaron Earl Green would like to thank those of you who sent prayers, cards, donations and flowers.

MCHS duo begins national competition

Moffat County High School seniors-to-be Emily Norris and Tanya Rinehart began competing Monday in the National Forensic League's national tournament in Wichita and Derby, Kan.

'To build a stronger community'

Language, education discussed at immigrant integration meeting

Breaking down language barriers and educating the community on cultural differences were the goals set by residents Monday night at The Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Blog: Tanya Rinehart

Today was such a long day! We left our hotel at 7:30 this morning and got to Derby High School at about 8.


Mike and Jan Keen, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole A. Keen, also of Craig, to Tyler L. Chamblin, of Manzanola, son of Bob and Diane Johnson, also of Manzanola.

Datebook for June 19

5 to 8 a.m. A Ride the Rockies community breakfast will be served in the Moffat County High School cafeteria. Menu consists of French toast with bacon or sausage, coffee, orange juice, milk, muffins, yogurt and granola bars. The cost is $5.

'Fantastic' sequel an improvement

"Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is a considerable improvement over its predecessor, but it still comes up a tad short in terms of deserving the adjective "fantastic."

Building a baseball team

Tim Hafey takes over as Bulldogs coach

By trade, Tim Hafey designs buildings from the ground up.

Sunday, June 17

Staying informed

VizAbilities offers information, support for people with vision and hearing loss

A personal goal met

Craig resident hits roads to actualize dream

This ride is a milestone for Jackie Schnellinger.

Letter to the editor: Preston, Cheryl and Billy Ivy

We want to publicly thank Rich Sadvar and Junior Herndon for your outstanding dedication in coaching the boys baseball program this year.

Letter to the editor: Suzanne Brinks

In April 2007, Moffat County signed a contract with Visual Lease Services to value all the oil and gas personal property (equipment) located in the County.

Blog: Tanya Rinehart

Hey kids! It's Tanya! Well Kansas is definitely an experience.

Blog: Emily Norris

Hi! My name is Emily Norris and I'm going to be a senior next year.

Letter to the editor: Mary Blakeman

In reference to Baxter Black's syndicated column printed in the Daily Press on Saturday, June 9, 2007, the Humane Society of Moffat County is not in any way affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or any other state, regional or national organization.

Rocky Mountain Auto offers used cars

Tony Balleck wasn't sure he was ready to be a used car salesman. He doesn't quite fit the stereotype.

What a whittle

An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people from Craig and the surrounding communities flocked to be a part of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous on Saturday at Craig City Park.

'We've already won'

Speech team competing at nationals a learning, growing opportunity

It's about the journey, not the destination.

Wave rolling to Craig

Ride the Rockies tour makes pit stop today

About 2,000 cyclists made the 9,426-foot descent down Rabbit Ears Pass throughout Sunday afternoon, eventually converging onto Steamboat Springs.

Ride the Rockies about answering a challenge for Dr. Dennis Kinder

Dr. Dennis Kinder left Frisco early Sunday morning, at about 6 a.m., and pedaled his way into his hometown Steamboat Springs just after noon. That clocks in at a 15.2 miles per hour pace.

Marietta memorial

First time participant Pam Thompson dedicates Ride to late grandmother

She's doing it for grandma.

Someday started Sunday

Brenda McKey competing in first Ride the Rockies

The year was 1989. A sea of tents filled Craig, as did thousands of smiling people, who were in town for Ride the Rockies.

Peggy Clark excited about second Ride

Most people go on vacation to relax.

Dash for cash

Hayden Speedway entertains the crowd

The Street Stock Showdown may have had a dip in attendance due to a busy weekend schedule, but those in on hand Saturday saw plenty of action on a warm summer evening at the Hayden Speedway.

Autism: Many unanswered questions

Many of the delightful moments that new parents treasure are denied to those nurturing an autistic child.

Datebook for June 18

Today Ride the Rockies events include: • Community lunch: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moffat County High School. The menu consists of hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, corn and chips; bean and cheese burritos, beef burritos or vegetarian burritos. Cost is $5 to $6. Beverages a la carte, cost is $1 to $2.

Council connection

City Council members represent municipal government in 'Ride'

An even 10. In what has become an annual rite of summer, Craig resident Terry Carwile set off from Frisco early Sunday morning and arrived in Steamboat Springs later that day, fresh off a 99-mile bicycle ride as part of the 22nd Ride the Rockies bicycle tour.

Friday, June 15

Education briefs for June 16

With gas prices near record levels and costly college tuition bills looming, teens are pounding the hot pavement to find employment.

A rare rendezvous

Former chart-toppers Rare Earth plays free show today

Get ready 'cause here they come.

Obituary: Michael Mosbey

A funeral service for Michael Mosbey, son of Patrick and Patricia Mosbey of Craig, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church.

Hunting for Father's Day activity?

Local church to host 'man-friendly' outdoors event indoors

Typical Father's Day activities include hunting and fishing.

Open dialogue

Diverse opinions, input sought for Comunidad Integrada forum

Eighty people attended a recent Comunidad Integrada forum on immigrant integration in Steamboat Springs. The organization has its fingers crossed it'll draw that many at a similar forum in Craig scheduled for Monday.

Maybell fire changes

Moments after 40 Maybell residents voted to put their fire department under control of Moffat County, Volunteer Fire Chief Dave O'Conor submitted his resignation, as did a number of other volunteer firefighters, during Wednesday's Maybell Volunteer Fire Department board of directors meeting.

Staying in the saddle

Dixon rancher takes pride in his gear

Wednesday was a busy day for Keith Duncan. Irrigating, doctoring an injured bull and branding tail-end calves was just part of the day for the Dixon, Wyo., cowboy. Then, he headed for the shop, where he makes saddles.

'The way to teach'

Summer Reading Lab offers one-on-one teaching for students, cross-curriculum opportunities for teachers

Learning about Pythagoras turned into a toga party Tuesday as students enrolled in Moffat County School District's Summer Reading Lab got involved with their history lesson.

Editorial: To be a parent

Rapper Eminem gave the following analogy in his song, "Who knew," in regards to parents blaming outside influences -- such as his music or popular culture -- on how their children act.

Obituary: Earlene Tilford

Earlene Tilford, of Craig, died Wednesday at her home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Craig Cemetery.

Staying young

Grandfather gains energy through grandson's eyes

Thanks to his 4-year-old grandson Brock, Kent Hartung gets to look at life through a new set of eyes.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority director resigns

Elizabeth Black has resigned as executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Waylon William Owens-Plantiko

Waylon William Owens-Plantiko, 28, passed away June 1, 2007, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Craig.

Briefs for June 16

Community Voices forum on June 18

Community Voices, a celebration and dialogue about bringing immigrants, newcomers and locals together, will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the Steamboat Springs High School and at 6 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

More not the merrier

Craig Animal Shelter running at capacity, needs to adopt out pets

Chinook is a personable, happy dog. He has a light tan coat and a splash of black on his snout. When you get up close to him or make a noise his pointy ears perk up.

In the genes

Alegra Yeager takes fast track to become new head coach of Bulldogs girls soccer

Alegra Yeager may be new to Craig, but the 23-year-old is no stranger to soccer.

Datebook for June 16

Thursday, June 14

Datebook for June 15

6:15 p.m. A bingo night at Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577 will be held at 43 W. Victory Way. There will be two progressive jackpots and snack bar open. Call 824-3557.

Engagement: Schwingdorf-Fenhaus

Billiejo and Bud Harper, of Craig, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Schwingdorf, of Craig, to Kyle Fenhaus, of Corona, S.D.

Obituary: Dolores Irene Decker

Dolores Irene Decker passed away June 13, 2007, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 75 years old.

Vacation Bible Schools starting soon

Yampa Valley Baptist Church 3900 E. Victory Way Dates: June 25 to 29 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Theme: Discover Creation. For more information: Call 824-5424

'Parents are in denial'

Committee to focus on underage drinking, ask parents to get involved

With parents commuting to work daily and dinner being kept warm in the microwave, Grand Futures director Chad Kiniston believes teenagers are filling their days with unhealthy activities.

'This does happen'

Elder abuse occurring in Craig, group seeks community awareness

Elder abuse. A local group contends it's happening in Craig, and the community needs to be aware.

Moffat County Neighbor: Lisa Chedsey

Age: 31 Occupation: Paint mixer What should your business card say you do? Homemaker

For the love of the sport

Competitive driver Nate Hitz proves end result is more than victory lane

Being a racecar driver at the Hayden Speedway is not a primary source of income.

Obituary: Earlene Tilford

Obituary: Sadie Borroel

Graveside services for Sadie Borroel will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Oak Creek Cemetery.

Dads, your kids need you

According to a Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of all adults agreed that "fathers today spend less time with their children than their fathers did with them."

Accident involving undersheriff reveals conflicting views

A Utah car accident involving Undersheriff David Bustos likely will spur a meeting between county officials regarding the Sheriff's Office policy on employees using county vehicles for personal use.

Chain Saw Mama

Loveland resident Faye Braaten has turned hobby into career

One look at Faye Braaten's nickname gives away her passion for her career as a powertool wielding artist.

Chamber board considers customer service seminar

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board discussed sponsoring a customer service seminar this fall at its monthly meeting Thursday.

Christina M. Currie: Positively beautiful

I've been putting a lot of thought lately into the power of positive thinking.

Man handed year sentence for fatal

A 37-year-old Lakewood man was sentenced to one year in jail Thursday after pleading guilty to careless driving that resulted in the death of Craig resident Michael Bailey in February 2006.

Into the lion's den

New DA wastes no time getting into court

Close to two decades passed since Brett Barkey practiced law in a Colorado courtroom.

Wednesday, June 13

Private fire hydrants studied after homeowners' concern

Some Craig City Council members were surprised to learn the city contains many fire hydrants that are privately owned, some of which have questionable firefighting capabilities.

Datebook for June 14

Today 4 p.m. The Craig Poetry Group meets at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. Call 824-3990 for information.

Birth: Evanie Ocean Allen

Gloria Rodriguez and Adriel Allen, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Evanie Ocean Allen, at 7:08 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Birth: Clayton Ray Clark

Jennifer and Steven Clark, of Baggs, Wyo., announce the birth of their son, Clayton Ray Clark, at 8:45 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Birth: Kenadi Ann Duncan

Cherie Ann Duncan and Dwayne Duncan, of Hayden, announce the birth of their daughter, Kenadi Ann Duncan, at 11:56 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Birth: Teagan Jade Kopsa

Anessa Kopsa and Kent Kopsa, of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Teagan Jade Kopsa, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital.

Obituary: Michael Mosbey

Michael Mosbey, son of Patrick and Patricia Mosbey of Craig, died Tuesday in Denver.

Wood carvers get chainsaws ready

Tree selection kicks off annual Whittle the Wood competition Wednesday

Robert Waits is a veteran Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carver with six years of experience at the annual Craig event.

A cause that never sleeps

Relay for Life organizers seek higher luminary sales

Two thousand white lunch sacks lit with candles will align Moffat County High School's track later this summer during the annual Relay for Life event.

Craig prepares for 'invasion'

Area braces for Ride the Rockies influx Monday

Expect the unexpected. That's the advice Craig resident and City Councilman Terry Carwile has for businesses preparing for Monday's influx of people associated with the Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour.

Obituary: Sadie Borroel

Sadie Borroel, of Oak Creek, died Wednesday at her home.

D.A. looking to add investigator

Twenty years ago, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office employed three district investigators. Gradually, that number was reduced to one investigator to cover the tri-county district.

Disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption

Disabled veterans may be eligible for property tax exemptions. This benefit from the Referendum E vote last November ends this coming month.

Tuesday, June 12

Seeing is believing

Male athlete of year award caps accomplished high school career

Andrew Drake was a freshman when he learned of the Dude Dent Award, an honor given to Moffat County High School's outstanding male athlete. It was at that moment he made a goal to win it.

A celebration of community

Comunidad Integrada looks to unite during event in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs High School will be filled with the sounds of traditional Mexican folk music tonight as immigrants, newcomers and locals are invited to attend a "community voices" celebration.

A ride of emotions

Mother-in-law returns from watching former Steamboat resident enter space

The emotions of seeing her son-in-law launch into space haven't worn off on Chris Young.

Our View: From dirt and a dumpster

The beautification project on the corner of Fourth and Ranney streets was meant to accomplish two goals.

William (Bill) R. Nash

William (Bill) R. Nash was born Sept. 27,1941, in Colorado Springs, to John and Mary (Casteel) Nash. He was raised and attended school in Colorado Springs.

Waylon William Owens-Plantiko

Waylon William Owens-Plantiko, 28, passed away Jun. 1, 2007, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Craig.

Briefs for June 13

Geocachers host event

Local geocachers, a growing sport that entails locating hidden items using Global Positioning System, have planned a family event for July 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic shelter.

More than woodcarving

Rendezvous offers food, entertainment

Grab yourself a Hog on a Log and a piece of turf and settle in for some quality music and food Saturday during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

Prather's Pick: Moffat County Library wants readers to 'Get a Clue'

"Get a Clue at Your Library" -- it's the theme of Moffat County Library's summer reading program.

The way of the West

Museum of Northwest Colorado offering new book on Old West tales

A single lane dirt road greets readers as they begin a journey through Northwest Colorado's rich history.

The Record for June 13

Gymstar gymnasts headed to championships

Eleven gymnasts from Gymstar Fun N Fit Gymnastics recently qualified to represent Craig on June 23 and 24 at the state championships in Castle Rock.

Ambulance serving north county in danger

Emergency response crew based in Little Snake River has not applied for annual certification

The Little Snake River ambulance that responds to accidents in the northern part of Moffat County is in danger of losing its Colorado certification.

Police conclude accident investigation

Craig police officers said they were uncertain as to why a vehicle with three local men drove off a cliff earlier this month, killing all the passengers inside.

Datebook for June 13

Monday, June 11

Briefs for June 12

Workshop to address water issues

The public is invited to a water issues workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Summer air program under way

Airport searching for Copeland's replacement

The summer air program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport started Friday, with daily Delta flights to Salt Lake City added to United Express service to Denver.

Senior Spotlight for June 12

I got my knife ready, bar of soap and began to whittle an elephant -- or a bear, oops, a pig -- well, I can always use the shavings for something right?

The Record for June 12

MCHS graduate selected to University of Colorado Dean's List

Anna Lisa Herring, of Craig, has been selected to the Dean's List of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Helmer Ernest Zschach

Helmer Ernest Zschach passed away May 31, 2007.

Ryan Joseph Balleck

Neisha and Levi Balleck announce the birth of a son, Ryan Joseph Balleck, on April 28, 2007.

Chris Anthony: Let's help Willie

I think this child (David R. "Willie" Lewis) really got to Joshua (Roberts, Daily Press writer, in regards to the May 26 Daily Press article "Broken on the Inside"). This is some of the best writing I've seen him do. I know I was crying by the time I finished reading Willie's story.

Green Family: Thanks for helping with arrangements

We would like to thank everyone that helped with the care and arrangements for Helmer Zschach.

Pioneering police

Domestic violence audit earns Craig department rave review

The Craig Police Department recently earned praise -- and a prestigious state award -- for conducting the first audit of domestic violence safety and accountability in Colorado.

MCHS graduate earns distinction award

Brad Grinstead, a 2007 Moffat County High School graduate, received the Academic Scholarship and Odyssey Honors and Distinction Award for service to the world at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.

Andy Bockelman: Hang six with 'Surf's Up'

When next you visit the movie house, catch a wave and hang six with the penguins from "Surf's Up."

Datebook for June 12

Air ambulance delay persists

Service to be discussed by Airport Commission

A Utah company plans to bring air ambulance service to Steamboat Springs in early winter, two years after local service was discontinued in the wake of a crash that killed three people.

More than an athlete

Sports honoree shares valedictorian crown

For an 18-year-old preparing for college, Katie Knez has compiled an accomplished resume.

Rendezvous returns

Eighth annual competition brings carvers to town

Woodcarvers with a chainsaw and an artist's eye have descended on City Park for eight years to enter an annual competition that leaves the air smelling of two-cycle oil and the ground littered with sawdust and wood chips.

Accused bookkeeper going to trial

Attorneys arguing the case against a former Moffat County School District bookkeeper met for the last time Monday morning before going to jury trial in August.

Tree value

CSU Extension Office to host disease and insect workshop

A 20-year-old tree is estimated to be worth about $5,000. Healthy trees improve property values.

Sunday, June 10

Learn from the pros

Those interested in learning the sport of golf are invited to learn from the pros Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Cosmetologist opens own shop on Yampa

After four years with Imagemakers Salon, Gretel Gibson was ready to make her move.

Crash victims above legal limit

Autopsy report lists head and internal injuries as cause of death

Three Craig men who died Friday, June 1 in a single-vehicle auto accident near the Sandrocks cliff suffered fatal head and internal injuries, according to results from an autopsy report.

Refreshment and research

Cancer Support Group hosts Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise funds for childhood foundation

Lemonade for change. The Craig Cancer Support Group is offering free glasses of lemonade in exchange for donations to childhood cancer research during a festival this weekend.

Fast pitch teams storm Yampa Valley

Triple Crown sets stage for softball's Mountain Magic tournament

More than 100 fast pitch softball teams invaded the Yampa Valley this weekend as part of the Triple Crown Mountain Magic tournament.

Obituary: Beatrice (Bea) Morrison

Memorial services for Beatrice (Bea) Morrison will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18 at the First Christian Church.

Cancer facts for people older than 50

Cancer strikes people of all ages, but you are more likely to get cancer as you get older, even if no one in your family has had it. The good news is that cancer death rates are going down. No matter what your age, the chances of surviving cancer are better today than ever before.

Datebook for June 11

Today 5:15 p.m. The Humane Society of Moffat County's monthly meeting will be at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The public in invited to attend. Call 870-7500 for more information.

Friday, June 8

Crash investigation awaiting test results

Sandrock victims laid to rest

A week ago yesterday, three Craig men fell to their deaths after their Jeep Cherokee plummeted an estimated 125 feet off the Sandrocks cliff, near Green Street.

Our View: A place to come back to

In the next 10 days, two major events will happen in Craig; one is an area tradition, the other event rarely makes it way to town but could have long-standing impacts.

Chuck Mack: Raising Turkeys in Mt. Harris--Part 1

When Thanksgiving Day grows near, each year, like most holidays, to me, it is a time of remembrance.

The value of water

Rancher uses benefits of irrigation ditches

Nobody wanted to be a rancher more than Ron Lawton.

Decades-large reunion in Hayden today

For the first time, the alumni of the old Hayden Union High School and Hayden High School will hold a reunion together for all classes up to 1979.

Fire/Rescue responds to roll over

A tanker-truck overturned about early Thursday morning north of Craig, spilling about 100 gallons of liquid asphalt onto the side of Colorado Highway 13, Craig Fire/Rescue reported.

Education briefs for June 9

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors Americans in the armed forces who have died or been injured by providing college scholarships to their children.

Obituary: Forrest Frentress

Forrest Frentress passed away May 23, 2007, after a long winter with a serious stomach operation, and a subsequent battle with pancreatic cancer.

Engagement: Eames-Sheehan

The parents of Italy Eames and Brett Sheehan announce the forthcoming wedding of their children.

'Toon toys come to life

Cartoon Network, actor donate to sick Craig boy

The package's origin: the Cartoon Network's Los Angeles office. The contents: enough toys, notebooks, DVDs and other goodies to rival Christmas and birthdays combined.

Growth is Dino-might

Little or no room for Dinosaur visitors

Tourists passing through Dinosaur have a problem.

Andy Bockelman: 'Knocked up' is a knock out

Despite having an extremely frank and crude title, "Knocked Up" is a surprisingly sweet, good-natured comedy.

Obituary: Charles Benjamin Howe, Jr.

Charles Benjamin Howe, Jr., was born Aug. 23, 1920, near Fort Morgan to Charles B. and Sarah (Preeo) Howe, Sr. He was raised near New Raymer until his family moved to Yampa when he was 16 years old.

Davidson says goodbye

CIS principal accepts K-5 administrative opportunity in Montrose

Don Davidson is moving on.

District officials discuss school upgrades

Moffat County School Dis�--trict officials discussed possible upgrades to district facilities during a collaborative design session Friday.

Cowgirl convoy

Quirky trailer-totting caravan club passes through Steamboat

Don't let their numbered names fool you.

Brooke Lee establishes new state time defending 3,200-meter title

Brooke Lee was in a unique situation May 17 at the Wyoming high school state championship track and field meet in Casper.

Datebook for June 9

Today 9 a.m. The District Divas bake sale will be held at Kmart. Proceeds go to Relay For Life. Call 824-8421 for more information.

Thursday, June 7

VNA lands $800K

Grant money to fund Care Clinic

The Moffat County Care Clinic, which specializes in treating low-income and uninsured patients, received a financial shot in the arm Thursday courtesy of a large grant from The Colorado Health Foundation.

Obituary: Glenn L. Tabb

Glenn L. Tabb, a Hayden resident for more than 60 years, passed away May 2, 2007, at the Family Health West in Fruita. He was 93.

Obituary: Megan Fahrenkrug

Megan Fahrenkrug, formerly of Craig and Hayden, was killed June 6, 2007, in a car accident. Services for Megan are still pending but will be either Friday evening or Saturday at Rogers Funeral Home, 205 State Ave. Alamosa, which can be reached at 719-589-4271.

Class notes: Travis James Butts

Travis James Butts, a 2001 Moffat County High School graduate, earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management and a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State College in Denver on May 13.

Celebrate Recovery: Thanks for helping Recovery

We, the members and leaders of Celebrate Recovery, would like to say thanks to some people whose time, help and generosity gave us a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for a great local group.

Elisa Shackelton: Fun summer backyard activities

If gas prices are discouraging you from heading out of town for weekend outings, have fun spending more time just hanging out in the backyard with your kids.

'A terrific excuse to be creative'

Girly Gourd Gang makes unique creation from dried fruit

When Terry Doherty gathered a group of friends and introduced them to gourds, some weren't sure about what to do with them.

Drew Turner: Sports feedback wanted

This is a belated welcome from me, Drew Turner, the Craig Daily Press' sports reporter. I have been a Craig resident and the sports reporter here for four months.

Sports briefs for June 8

CNCC invites athletes to try out for teams

No public comment at district budget hearing

The Moffat County School District Board of Education heard no public comment at its budget hearing Thursday evening.

Christina M. Currie: One for the team

Drinks after work.

Finding hidden treasures part of geocaching tradition

As winter was winding down, Craig resident Roy Karo read an article on a sport gaining popularity around the globe.

Diane Prather: Making a dessert that travels well

It's raining a little as I write this column, and the tomato, pepper, and other bedding plants are watching from indoors. If it freezes, my being behind with spring work may actually pay off a little bit.

Birth: Allyson Marie White

Kim and Cole White, of Craig, announce the birth of a daughter, Allyson Marie White, at 1:49 p.m. June 5, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Datebook for June 8

Friday, June 8

District plans for proposed school

Moffat County School Dis�--trict and Neenan Archistruction officials developed a plan for a possible new 85,500-square foot middle school Thursday with input from community members.

Wednesday, June 6

From Craig to Brazil

Emily Mortensen to represent U.S. at Pan American Games

Emily Mortensen is going to travel nearly 6,000 miles to run 26.2 miles.

Caterpillar outbreak surprises Hayden resident

Take a walk around Frank Welsh's property 10 miles south of Hayden and it won't take long to see the scale of the caterpillar infestation there.

Bill Harding: Moving Wall be moved to Craig in August

The Vietnam Moving Wall will arrive Aug. 8 and be on display until Aug. 13.

Last of the living centers

The Jewel puts up for sale sign, prefers buyer to continue business

There's a new house on the market in Craig.

Our View: Meeting a good starting point

A welding company is looking for a place to set up shop. The Craig/Moffat County Economic Develop�--ment Part�--nership calls the company and tells company officials, hey, we have great land and great people.

The family of Waylon William Owens: Condolences and thanks

There are no words sufficient to describe the pain of losing our beloved family member last Friday morning.

Birth: Adrian Ulises Duarte

Diana Duarte and Rosario Quintana, of Craig, announce the birth of a son, Adrian Ulises Duarte, at 9:15 p.m. June 1, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Briefs for June 7

Hospice Celebration on June 18

The Record for June 5

Tuesday, June 5

VNA receives grant for Aging Well

Older adults in Northwest Colorado interested in senior Pilates, yoga or even a workout boot camp may soon have greater access to such programs.

What happens during a dental visit?

First, it is important to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Once you've found a dentist you like, your next step is to schedule a check-up -- before any problems arise.

Plans for 100-year celebration moving forward

No set plans, but getting closer and moving forward.

Datebook for June 7

Thursday, June 7

Obituary: Vernon J. Berg

Vernon J. Berg, of Bay City, Mich., our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007.

Obituary: Dianne Cosgriff Carr

Dianne Cosgriff Carr, 66, passed away June 2, 2007, at her home in Arvada.

Community: Schools should be welcoming, safe, efficient

District seeks input at sessions today, Friday

Moffat County's schools need to be safe, welcoming and economically efficient.

Mine rescue

Competition sharpens skills and teamwork

Bridger Coal Company rescue team trainer Steve Gravley met his crew as they exited the simulated mineshaft.

Tuesday, June 5

Obituary: Sandra Jean Noe

Sandra J. Noe, a long-time Craig resident, died May 31, 2007, at The Memorial Hospital.

Obituary: Jaron Green

A memorial service for Jaron Green is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church. Memorial donations may be made to an education fund for Jaron's children in care of Grant Mortuary.

Datebook for June 6

Wednesday, June 6

Judge steps down from case

Removal cause behind Lund sentencing delay

The on-going saga in the case involving the convicted driver of a February 2006 fatality accident took another turn earlier this month when presiding Judge James H. Garrecht stepped down from the case.

Disc golf entertains at Loudy-Simpson

Not to be confused with a Frisbee disc, the sport of disc golf has increased in popularity since its inception in the early 1970s.

EDP to advance with goals before hiring new director

Commitment. That's what Craig City Council, Moffat County Commissioners and members of the business community need to give the Craig/Moffat County Economic De�--�--velopment Part�--nership board members in order for the agency to succeed, about 30 representatives from those groups decided Tuesday night.

Births: Zachary Dominic Cruson

Frankie Little and Scott Cruson, of Oak Creek, announce the birth of a son, Zachary Dominic Cruson at 4:36 p.m. May 30, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Births: Shanley Brynes

Tamra and Mark Byrnes, of Craig, announce the birth of a son, Shanley Brynes, at 4:25 p.m. May 29, 2007, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Oil cleanup approved

Park-and-ride bus terminal moves another step closer

The process of turning over the old county shop to the Steamboat Springs Transit Authority for a future park-and-ride bus terminal moved another step closer Tuesday when the Moffat County Commissioners approved the clean up of contaminated soil at the site.

For the love of helping

Two Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab CNAs receive honors

They do what they do because they care.

Sports briefs for June 6

MCHS scholar athlete awards announced

Jerry Raehal: Blame it on Bambi


Donna J. Watkins and Faye McKune: Donors have assisted library with garden

In response to the letter to the editor from Sally Smith, Craig Beautification Committee member, and her complimentary remarks regarding the flowerbed at the Moffat County Library, the community should be aware that several generous donors have assisted the library with the creation of this beautiful garden.

Real estate transactions for April

Real estate transactions for April

Obituary: David Johnston

A memorial service for David Johnston will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grant Mortuary. Interment of cremains will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Feeling better already

Program teaches women with cancer hair, skin techniques to cope with disease

Shortly after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in mid-May, Debbie Yeager said goodbye to her hair.

Prather's Pick: 'Autumn' a delightful book

Over the weekend, my sister Darlene Blackford, who lives at Rocky Ford, surprised me with a gift of Susan Branch's newest book. "Autumn" is her 12th "From the Heart of the Home" book.

Briefs for June 6

Effort begins to recall DA

Monday, June 4

Public comment welcome during hiring process

Two private attorneys, a part-time Grand County judge and the assistant district attorney have applied for the 14th Judicial District's new judge seat.

Sentencing hearing delayed

A sentencing hearing for the driver at fault in a February 2006 traffic accident that claimed the life of a Craig man has again been continued, a Routt County clerk said Monday.

Datebook for June 5

10 a.m. to noon. The "Look Good ... Feel Better" program will be held at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. It is a free program that teaches women with cancer beauty techniques to help deal with the appearance-related side effect of cancer treatment. Call 824-8421 or 276-4909.

Briefs for June 5

Obituary: Jaron Green

Obituary: David Johnston

Obituary: Waylon Owens-Plantiko

Birth: Natalie Jade Hicks

TGIF Couples Tournament results

Rodeo bumps and bruises bring rewards

Moffat County High School rodeo team has two weeks to rest before state competition

The Moffat County High School rodeo team brought bumps, bruises and an all-around award home from the weekend's competition in La Junta.

On the Record for June 5

Judge applicants named

Public comment welcome during hiring process

Two private attorneys, a part-time Grand County judge and the assistant district attorney have applied for the 14th Judicial District's new judge seat.

Officials investigating Hayden water plant

Hayden officials still don't know what caused a water plant alarm system to malfunction last week and whether that system needs to be replaced.

Rich King: Work it out; bring Sadvar back

Hopefully everyone has experienced the positives of working with a great team. And, I'm sure most people have also had bad team experiences full of dissension, blame and resentment.

Elementary schools present student awards

East, Ridgeview and Sunset elementary schools presented students with perfect attendance and president's awards at their end-of-year ceremonies recently.

Mine rescue teams compete in Craig

One of the biggest hazards faced by underground miners is the threat of fire, where the walls of the mine are made of a flammable vein of coal and the fire competes for the same air the miners need to survive.

Gum, heart disease may be linked

Overall, data indicates that chronic gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death in both men and women.

Convicted dealer gets intensive probation

Efforts by the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office to sentence a convicted drug dealer to prison were rebuffed Thursday when the defendant was ordered to intensive supervised probation.

The Oberwitte family: Sadvar promotes good sportsmanship

A couple of years ago, I wrote a letter on sportsmanship and at this time I find it fitting for two purposes. One, in support of Rich Sadvar and two, reiterate the importance of sportsmanship.

Hayden wants own building department

Current intergovernmental agreement with county will end June 2008

Hayden officials hope to gain more control over the continually increasing rate of new construction in town.

Sunday, June 3

1,500 take part in Steamboat Springs marathon

The 26th annual Steamboat Springs marathon, half marathon and 10K run and walk greeted athletes from all over the nation and Australia under sunny skies Sunday morning.

Good ol' times at the pond

Craig youth turn out in mass for Huck Finn Fun Day

Eight-year-old Silas Canto's bare toes dangled off the side of the dock, feet slightly kicking.

Obituary: Dorman Dale Silver

Dorman Dale Silver was born April 25, 1918, in Big Cabin, Okla., to Henry W. and Chloe (Dorman) Silver. The family moved to Northwest Colorado when Dorman was young and lived in various places around Craig. Dorman attended Craig schools and graduated from Moffat County High School.

Crashes, dashes and cash

Sport Stock Shootout provides two wrecks at Hayden Speedway

Saturday night's Sport Stock Shootout at the Hayden Speedway saw flips, turns, wrecks and flying mud in front of an enthusiastic audience.

Aging Well: Green thumb, good health

Spring has opened its doors to summer, and Yampa Valley gardeners are ready. Bright blooms sit on doorsteps ready to plant, freshly tilled patches of soil wait for seeds and the earthy scent of mulch wafts through neighborhoods.

Pride and prejudice

Alternative lifestyle group seeks acceptance, to debunk stereotypes

On the surface, nothing about a Saturday afternoon gathering at the Loudy-Simpson Park east shelter appeared out of the ordinary.

Surveying seniors

Questionnaire seeks input on quality of life

Frank Jenkins has a thing or two he would like the government to take care of for him and the other seniors residing at Sunset Meadows II.

Briefs for June 4

Datebook for June 4

Sundrop Framing opens new shop downtown

After eight and a half years in Centennial Mall, Sundrop Custom Framing has opened a new shop downtown.

Friday, June 1

Cathy Copeland: Youth Soccer thanks people for their help

I have never really personally felt community involvement until this last weekend during the Grand Olde West Days celebrations.

'Born with a soccer ball'

Soccer a family affair for Quezadas as they help manage, coach Yampa Valley league

Some people enjoy playing a sport; some are content to merely watch, while others can't seem to get it out of their blood.

Medically underserved

County tagged with health shortage designation

Moffat County has been given a new designation that could help remedy shortcomings in area health care delivery to low-income and uninsured residents, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Obituary: Mark L. Williams Jr.

Mark L. Williams Jr. died May 20 at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Obituary: Helmer Zschach

A funeral service for Helmer Zschach will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church. Interment will be private.

Raising them right

Nurse-Family Partnership offers free parenting help for first-time mothers

At 17, Amber and Andy Snow were unsure how they were going to raise their yet-to-be-born baby.

Datebook for June 2

Datebook for June 2, 2007.

Chuck Mack: Tales of Steamboat Springs, Part 3

The chief attraction to Steamboat Springs isn't its many mineral springs. Steamboat Springs is now known far and wide as "Ski Town USA."

Our view: Sympathies and prayers

Our hearts go out to the families of accident victims

A bundle of red roses wrapped in a Catholic rosary rested Friday afternoon on the cliff at Sandrocks, the tragic location where hours earlier three young men lost their lives.

Three Craig residents killed in crash

Some made their way to the top of the cliff at the Sandrocks off Green Street to lay flowers and pay their respects.

Mattie Collom -- Craig schoolteacher in 1900

The Collom name was well known in Moffat County at the turn of the 20th century, thanks to Arthur Collom, a prosperous pioneer living in Axial basin, and Charles Collom, a Craig businessman who partnered with Lewis Breeze to open a mercantile business.

District seeks community input on construction

Moffat County School District representatives are inviting community members to voice their opinions this week about proposed facility upgrades and new construction.

Third Hayden Speedway race set for tonight

Sports briefs

The Hayden Speedway's third race in a 10-race series is slated for 6:30 tonight with a Sport Stock Shutout, sponsored by MJK Sales and Feed.

History up close and personal

Craig Middle School students, adults embark on annual We See D.C. trip this week

It's not every day that students can see history come to life. That's why the We See D.C. is such an incredible program, said the trip's coordinator, Jill Stacy.

'We're here for the kids'

Volunteer group leaders are backbone of 4-H

Developing life skills through hands-on training is the 4-H program's purpose, and volunteer leaders are the backbone of the organization.